"Man, I guess legacy at the end of the day", Bradley Beal said, when I asked him what got him to say yes, and sign a two-year extension (with a player option for 2022-23) that will kick in when his current max contract ends in 2021. If he signs elsewhere that offseason, his maximum contract would be $198 million over four years.
"Brad has always made it clear to me, that in a ideal world, he would never leave Washington", agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.
"He's thrilled about all the resources that (owner) Ted (Leonsis) is pouring into the franchise and thrilled how committed (Leonsis) and (general manager) Tommy (Sheppard) are to building something special".
This deal keeps Beal out of free agency for three more years and alters the landscape for teams who were going to be aggressive in trading for the all-star guard.
Assuming that Beal, 26, declines his player option upon reaching 10 years of service in 2022 to re-sign with Washington, he would be eligible to sign the largest contract in National Basketball Association history: five years for $266 million. The deal will also include a 15% trade kicker.
However, Beal did not show interest in the initial overtures from the Wizards front office.
This latest bit of news has National Basketball Association fans going into a bit of tailspin as there were various trade rumors surrounding Beal.
Beal was already owed $58 million over the next two seasons. Beal was drafted with No. 3 pick out of Florida in 2012. Whether it was Kevin Durant or Al Horford, D.C. never seemed to be a likened destination. He played all 164 regular-season games in that span and set career highs in scoring (25.6), assists (5.5), rebounds (5.0), steals (1.5) and minutes (league-high 36.9) in 2018-19.
Under Grunfeld's 16-year tenure as the head of the Wizards, Washington could not attract marquee free agents.