It seems that the Wizards have given everything they could in order to keep Bradley Beal in Washington. A little less than a week ago it was announced that the escort had renewed with the capital franchise in exchange for the maximum salary, but as more information about the contract comes out, it seems that the player imposed numerous conditions for his continuity. And among the most notable is the anti-transfer clause included in the agreement.
This is what Bobby Marks, a journalist from ESPN, who says that Beal will be able to veto any trade he’s included in, so if, either to start a rebuild or for any other reason, the Wizards decide to cut him off, they’ll need his approval. In fact, not only will they need it to carry out a transfer, but Bradley will be able to choose practically by finger which of the interested franchises he wants to go to, conditioning the package that Washington can receive in return.
The ability of a player to nullify possible transfers is not something strange in the NBA, but it is so under these conditions. For example, players who renew for a season with the team in which they played (keeping this their Bird Rights) have this possibility as a rule, but granting it in a contract like Beal’s is a rather unusual phenomenon. In fact, the shooting guard has become the tenth player in history to have such a clause (and the only active one), following in the footsteps of LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade , Tim Duncan, David Robinson and John Stockton.
On the other hand, Beal will also have a player option in his fifth year of contract, giving him even more control over his future, and from a trade kicker of 15%, that is, a clause by which the Wizards must pay him a bonus worth 15% of his salary in case he is transferred. The latter, however, is almost anecdotal, since the amount of money a player receives can never exceed the maximum established by the NBA. So Bradley, who has already signed for that maximum, would only get a bonus if the league’s salary cap escalates faster than his annual salary.
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