The Washington Wizards may have failed to reach the NBA post-season, instead landing a place in the Draft lottery, but that doesn't mean they are going to do anything drastic to their roster.
According to a recent report from Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Wizards are instead going to be offering a five-year maximum contract to Bradley Beal.
A max deal for a four-year veteran like Beal is worth a big chunk of money, and the shooting guard is looking at raking in around $23 million in the first year of his deal alone, a figure that would only go up as the salary cap increases.
Speaking earlier this year, Beal said that he wanted to stay in Washington with the Wizards, but made it very clear that he also wanted a max contract.
"I feel like I'm a max player and that's what I'm looking for. If Washington can't meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere," he said.
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"I'm pretty sure that they probably won't (let me go). At the end of the day, that's where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know."
Last year, the Wizards tried to tie down to a cheaper extension in the summer, but Beal knew what was up and put the kibosh on those plans - turning the extension down and leaving him in the situation he's in now as a restricted free agent.
Amazingly, Beal is still only 22-years-old and a five-year deal locking him down for the best years of his career is a no-brainer for the Wizards. They will be hoping his injury scares don't rear their ugly heads, but apart from that this seems to be a win-win as Washington look to lock down the guard who averaged 17.4 points, three rebounds and three assists in 2015-16.