Bradley Beal's future is something that teams around the league have been interested in. Linked to the Boston Celtics and with suggestions that he should join Luka Doncic on the Mavericks, there was a lot of speculation about Beal's future and whether he would choose to pick up his player option worth $36 million for next season to stay with the Wizards.
Adrian Wojnarowski is usually one of the main authorities when it comes to breaking news in the NBA, and he revealed the latest update regarding Beal. The ESPN reporter said that while Beal will decline the player option, it will be in service of re-signing with the Wizards for a whopping $248 million 5-year deal.
"In Beal's case, a $36.4 million player option is much more certain to be declined. Even if Beal simply re-signs with the Wizards, he can increase his 2022-23 salary to the projected max of $42.7 million. Per Wojnarowski, Beal is very likely to decline the option and re-sign with Washington on a five-year deal worth a projected $248 million that would take him through age 33."
This would be an interesting choice for Beal, considering that it's unlikely that the Wizards can seriously challenge for the NBA title while he's with the team. They could, but it would take a lot of factors to make that happen that make it seem unlikely. Beal will be 33 by the time this purported new deal ends, and it will mean that he is past his prime, even if he hasn't declined too much by then.
Teams across the league will be disheartened by the news of Beal signing a new deal with the Wizards, a lot of franchises could use a scorer like him to add another game-changer to their roster. Confirmation on this from the player and the franchise is yet to come through, but this seems to be good news for fans of the Washington Wizards.