One of the longest marriages in the current NBA could break sooner rather than later. Bradley Beal, who has accumulated up to 10 seasons as a member of the Washington Wizards, seems to be taking steps – slow for now – towards a change of scenery.
Although there have been many occasions that the shooting guard has reiterated his love for the organization and his desire to be a one club man, little by little his speech has been turning towards the need to win, to feel that he competes at the highest level and that he can reach the highest level in the NBA; And of course, that seems far from happening as part of a team that has lost nine of its last eleven games.
With that context, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington has revealed that both Beal and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, met with the Wizards’ executive leadership before they played Miami, a game in which they were swept off the court.
The content of the meeting is completely unknown, but the fact that it happens about 48 hours before the transfer market closes can give us clues. It’s obvious that Beal is worried about his future and that he needs to discuss it with his team, and there’s a chance he could go to another franchise in the summer without Washington getting anything in return.
offer on stand-by
Here is one of the important points of the matter. Washington extended its player a maximum renewal offer months ago, but Beal has neither signed nor seems to want to do so in the near future. With a player option worth $36.4 million next season, he could opt out and become an unrestricted free agent. Clearly this would be the worst scenario for those in the capital, and the escort may have warned them that it is a real option.
By NBA rules, even as an unrestricted free agent, the Wizards are the team that could give Beal the most money in free agency with a projected five-year, $241 million contract — $60 million more than anyone else. team-; however, the player has stressed that the time has come to think about successes and not tickets, so he may not be decisive. Once again, the Wizards could face losing their player coming up empty handed.
Is there a project?
Here is the one that may be key in the decision (meeting content) of Bradley Beal. Everyone knows – he himself has said it – that he would prefer to win with Washington than to do it elsewhere, but his wish collides with harsh reality. The Wizards have made the playoffs just once in three seasons and this one, even though they can hold on to the play inthey seem once again very far from being able to compete with the best in the short term -and Beal is no longer to give a long one-.
At the end of January, it was the player himself who pointed out that his ambition is far above being that, a team that barely enters the postseason. You need guarantees. They need to feel that they are on their way to achieving something and becoming part of the elite. Washington faces the heroic task of convincing him of this. Will there be news soon? Have to wait.
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