Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal has been pretty great in his first three years in the league. He believes he’s been so good that he should be getting a max contract when he becomes a free agent next summer. However, the Wizards aren’t quite as keen on that idea according to CSN Washington’s J. Michael Falgoust:
“Bradley Beal has made it clear he thinks he’s a max player and that’s what he wants. I’ve talked to people on both sides all offseason about this. It seems to be Bradley Beal’s decision. The Wizards are willing to make him an offer, an extension, but they’re not going to offer him the maximum extension right now simply because they don’t have to. They can say, ‘Bradley we want to see you play a full season, prove that you can stay healthy and play an 82-game season the way you played those 10 postseason games,’ where he was spectacular. He didn’t have a great third season, so maybe this can be motivation for him.”
The Wizards would have a valid point if they are waiting because they want to see how healthy he can stay this season. He hasn’t played an entire regular season even though he’s only 22 and not even in the prime of his career. Over his first three seasons in the league he has averaged 15.6 points per game to go with three assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. He has also shot 40 percent from three, but has shot a rather low 41.9 percent from the field overall.
If Bradley Beal plays the regular season like he did the postseason — he averaged 23.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game — then a max contract will certainly be in his near future.