Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be one of the top free agents in his position on the free agent market this summer and he is keen to use that to his advantage and maximise his value.
The 22-year-old will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and has stated that he wants to be paid like a max player.
Though his first choice is to stay in the nation's capital, Beal will have no hesitation in making a move in order to get what he wants.
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With the increase in the salary cap and the improved television revenue in the league, the best NBA players entering free agency are aware of exactly what they can receive and will not be prepared to settle for less.
Players such as Tristan Thompson, DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Jackson are prime examples of this as they were given big contracts last year despite not having a single All-Star appearance between them.
"I want to be valued the right way," Beal said per the Washington Post. "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. 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."
The Wizards will have the first option on Beal and can match any offer sheet put to him by another team which could force the franchise to bow to his demands and pay him handsomely.
Beal and John Wall form one of the best backcourts in the Eastern Conference and the entire league and it would make sense for Washington to continue to build around them.
New head coach Scott Brooks is already looking forward to having Beal and Wall at his disposal so it would be a tough start to his tenure if the youngster departed for pastures new.
The University of Florida product has had his fair share of injury problems during his short career, however, which would make many teams think twice about offering him a max deal.
He missed a career-high 27 games in the 2015-16 campaign and as a result the young guard didn't make the step up that many were expecting.
Brad is highly regarded as one of the best young talents in the league and is a terrific shooter which is a valuable trait in this day and age.
Despite an injury-riddled year, the third-year man averaged a career-best 17.4 points per game and he's confident that his health problems won't affect his play or his value moving forward.
“I hear about it all time, but that doesn’t define me as a player,” Beal said. “That won’t stop me from growing as a player and it won’t stop me from being who I am. The injury thing, that’s behind me. I’m moving forward. I’m past it. I’m focused on my career from here on out.
"Hell, Steph Curry was hurt his first four years. Look at him now. John [Wall] was hurt his first three or four years. Look at him now. I’m not worried about it. People are going to say what they want to say. At the end of the day, it’s not going to affect me or the money.”