The Washington Wizards are hoping to make some big moves this offseason when hometown hero Kevin Durant lands on the free agent market. It is no secret that they are going to make a huge push to sign him and bring him home — he’s from D.C. — but it looks like they want star shooting guard Bradley Beal to make a small sacrifice in order for them to do it.
Beal was eligible for an extension with the deadline being Monday night, but the Wizards decided not to hand it to him. Instead, they hope to re-sign him in the summer when he becomes a restricted free agent. With the salary cap situation unclear, the Wizards are hoping to get Durant signed and then bring back Beal with whatever they have left over on the payroll.
If the Wizards had signed Beal to an extension now, it would have started at around $20 million for next season. This would have still left them enough room to max out Durant, but not enough to sign anyone else. By not extending Beal, Washington preserves that potential additional $7 million for another veteran presence on the bench.
If the Wizards don’t end up signing the services of Durant then they will be able to match any offer that a team throws at Beal and still retain him. However, the Wiz are certainly hoping that KD35 will come home and help them win a championship by forming one of the most formidable trios in the league.