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Will Bradley Beal turn down Wizards’ massive offer with eye on supermax?

Bradley Beal

The Washington Wizards are willing to add a lot more money to the contract Bradley Beal is currently playing under, but the two-time All-Star is in position to take a gamble on himself if he wants to go that route.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week that the Wizards plan to offer Beal a three-year, $111 million contract extension when he becomes eligible for it in July.

Beal has two years remaining on his current deal, which will pay him $27 million next season and just shy of $29 million in 2020-21. Signing a max extension now would essentially give him a five-year, $167 million contract, which works out to an average of more than $33 million per year. That’s obviously great money, but Beal can do better if he wants to wait.

Beal already meets some of the criteria for a supermax extension since he has spent his entire career with the Wizards and just logged his seventh year of service. If he makes one of the All-NBA teams next season, he would be eligible to sign a supermax deal that would pay him significantly more than $167 million over five years. Considering he averaged career-highs across the board this season with 25.6 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game, Beal may want to wait another year to see if he can duplicate that production and be named to an All-NBA team.

There have been rumblings that the Wizards could trade Beal, but they would probably need to be blown away with an offer. If he doesn’t sign the three-year extension, they may be more likely to explore trade possibilities.



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