By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
All-Star guard Bradley Beal has agreed to a five-year, $251 million maximum contract to stay with the Washington Wizards, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports stated to ESPN.
Beal, has opted out of his contract and become a free agent ultimately in order to get a bigger deal.
Beal, who turned 29 earlier this week, averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.6 assists in 40 games for Washington last season before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery in February. That was preceded by two seasons in which Beal averaged at least 30 points per game — including 31.3 points per game across 60 games during the 2020-21 season.
The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal is in the top five in a host of all-time statistical categories for the Wizards. His collaboration with Latvian big man center Kristaps Porzingis, who has yet to play a game with Beal after being acquired in a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, can create a new contender in the East.
The Wizards also kept Anthony Gill with a new two-year deal, a well-known veteran in Europe especially from his years with Khimki.