The Washington Wizards are trying to thwart any doubts about their stance on Bradley Beal. According to newly appointed Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard, the team is set to offer him a full max extension "at the very first moment allowed," in a new report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard will offer guard Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million maximum contract extension upon the All-Star becoming eligible to sign on Friday, Sheppard told ESPN.
"At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max extension," Sheppard told ESPN.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, Beal and his camp were not as quick to reciprocate the same commitment.
Beal, 26, has until Oct. 21 to sign the extension, which would start with the 2021-22 season --- a decision that agent Mark Bartelstein indicates that Beal will need time to consider.
According to Woj, the Wizards have no plans to actively pursue a trade for Beal if he turns down the extension, a brave and risky move by the front-office. With two years left on Beal's current contract, John Wall suffering a torn Achilles, and the current state of their roster, Beal's hesitation is understandable (to say the least).
The Wizards have two more seasons to get their act together, but if the 2x All-Star denies the full supermax, it is hard to see a scenario in which he returns to the franchise following his free agency in 2021.
Nevertheless, the team intends to hold onto the 26-year-old star -- for better or worse.
Beal is coming off a career year, averaging over 25 points per game and 5 rebounds as the first option for the Wiz. His name has been amongst the most frequent in trade rumors the past several months. Expect that to continue if he turns down that 3-year extension this Friday.