The contract focus in these parts involves negotiations between the Washington Wizards and wing guard Bradley Beal. This is the offseason where players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft ponder taking guaranteed dollars now or wait to hit free agency and see what happens when 29 other teams might get involved. Beal becomes a restricted free agent on July 1.
New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft, and Portland's All-Star guard Damian Lillard already signed maximum contracts. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the player selected between Davis and Beal, agreed to a four-year extension.
That leaves, Beal, Golden State swingman Harrison Barnes and Detroit center Andre Drummond as the most interesting contract scenarios ahead of next month's deadline. According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors and Barnes have begun their back and forth.
The Golden State Warriors delivered forward Harrison Barnes an initial four-year, $64 million contract extension proposal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The $16 million annual offer wasn’t accepted, but appears to be a starting point in talks that could last until the Oct. 31 deadline for rookie extensions.
The Warriors are trying to prevent Barnes from reaching restricted free agency in July 2016, when a rising salary cap and scores of teams with financial flexibility will couple with Barnes' burgeoning talent and potential to make him a significant target on the market.
As a member of the 2012 NBA draft class, Barnes is eligible for his rookie contract extension. Without an agreement by Oct. 31, Barnes would become a restricted free agent next summer. Golden State would be able to match any offer sheet for Barnes and re-sign him.
The basics here also apply to Beal in terms of deadline, what happens if no extension takes place by Oct. 31 and the ability to match any offer sheet.
Kidd-Gilchrist signed a four-year, $52 million extension with Charlotte. Both Beal and Barnes have outperformed the Hornets forward. As for Beal and Barnes, the Wizards' guard has far more responsibility with only John Wall truly ahead of him in any pecking order. Barnes falls behind Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and possibly Andre Iguodola for the defending NBA champion Warriors.
Green, a second-round pick in 2012, signed a five-year, $82 million contract with Golden State this summer. That's just a tick over the $16 million per year offer Barnes reportedly received.
As a reminder, Wizards Insider J. Michael wrote the following last month about Beal's situation:
While talks remain open, CSNmidatlantic.com was told, there hasn't been any movement. Beal, who believes he's worth a max deal, just returned from Taiwan and president Ernie Grunfeld had been on vacation.
The lack of reaching a compromise isn't an indication of any greater problems, but the Wizards aren't in a position in which they must commit to a four-year deal fully guaranteed right now with so many moving parts ahead in free agency in the summer of 2016.
The waiting game continues and not just for Beal.