May 23, 2016, 12:40 pm
Bradley Beal, like you and me and everyone else, wants to be a max player.
Speaking to Jorge Castillo from Japan, Beal explained his desire to be a max player, saying “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.”
Beal represents an interesting case in the summer of money. If the cap weren’t exploding, giving the injury-prone Beal a max contract would be a risky proposition. He missed a career-high 27 games this season and his lower body injuries seem like they could stick with him for the rest of his career.
Given the fact that the Wizards can offer him more term and can exceed the salary cap to retain him, it’s unlikely they’ll see him depart in free agency. He’s already met with new coach Scott Brooks, so he appears to be a building block for the Wizards going forward.
Washington is looking to get back on track after failing to make the playoffs under former coach Randy Wittman after a promising performance two years ago. People forget that Beal and John Wall had been in the mix for one of the coveted ‘Top Backcourt’ spots, but that’s what injuries will do to you.
Ultimately, Beal is a 22 year old still loaded with potential and pure scoring talent. Even with his injury history, he’s going to get a max contract from somewhere this summer. It’s probably going to be with the Wizards.