NBA Rumors: Bradley Beal Will Be Offered Max Contract By Washington Wizards

Nicholas Sciria

After missing the playoffs, the Washington Wizards are already setting their sights on NBA free agency and how to retain their top free agent, Bradley Beal. Beal, and teammate John Wall, have made for a lethal backcourt duo when on the floor together in Washington. However, susceptible bench depth and coaching has diminished any chance that the Wizards have had of making a playoff run. Now, with a new head coach signed, Washington has turned their attention to keeping their backcourt duo intact.

Recently, Beal discussed his future with the Washington Post and was clear about his expectations for this offseason.

"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. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know."
"The Wizards are expected to offer Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount allowed under the salary cap as soon as the free agent negotiating period kicks off on July 1, according to people with knowledge of the situation."

However, when he played, Beal reminded fans why he is still so highly coveted. In the 55 games he played in, he produced better numbers than ever. He tallied 20.2 points and 3.4 assists per 36 minutes in his most efficient shooting season, according to Basketball-Reference. His true shooting mark of 54.7 percent was easily the highest of his career, and this improvement was helped by a career-high 48.1 percent two-point field goal percentage.

Having seen that type of production, there is no question why the Wizards are looking to re-sign Beal. However, even after retaining him, concerns will still surround Beal and Washington as a whole. After retaining Beal, the Wizards will have to shore up their depth off the bench with notable role players like Nene and Jared Dudley likely leaving.

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