The Wizards wasted little time officially inking guard Bradley Beal to his rookie contract last Friday. Beal, the Wizards' 2 overall pick last month, will earn about 8.3 million over the next two seasons, with the Wizards holding a one-year team option for the third and fourth years of the deal.
Beal averaged 14 points a game in his only season at Florida. After a slow start to his freshman year, Beal came on late in the season and his stock soared during individual workouts for NBA teams. The Wizards loved what they saw and they envision Beal being a solid wing shooter to run alongside point guard John Wall, the team's 1 overall pick two years ago.
It is important to get someone who can complement not just John (Wall), but for the whole team, Wizards President Ernie Grundfeld said on draft night. "He is a very good player. He can stretch the defense, is a very good three-point shooter, and he knows how to play the game. He can get to the basket, hes a good defender, and comes from a winning program. We feel good about it but he is going to have to come in, work hard, and earn his minutes. He is the type of player who will be able to stay with you a long time.
While Wall is the face of the Wizards franchise, the team felt it needed someone who could fill it up from the outside and Wall felt the same. "I think he (Beal) can come in and help us continue to get better," Wall said. "Hes a good shooter so he will help spread the floor us and he can defend on the end. We need to move forward so we can get better as a team and look toward the playoffs.
Beal takes to the floor for his first summer league practice today at Verizon Center, ahead of games in the Las Vegas Summer League that start on Friday. Beal will be joined on the team by last year's Wizard first-round draft picks Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton.