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Why Bradley Beal remains 'confident' about contract extension

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Why Bradley Beal remains 'confident' about contract extension

The elephant in the room at Monday's media day session for the Wizards, who begin training camp on Tuesday, is the status of Bradley Beal's contract extension. Entering his fourth season -- the final of his rookie scale contract -- the shooting guard still isn't saying much.

What Beal did say, however, echoed the tone of what parties on both sides have said to CSNmidatlantic.com all summer: Talks remain open, cordial and if a deal isn't reached by the end of October it doesn't mean one won't be reached eventually. Beal would become a restricted free agent next summer and the Wizards would have the right to match any offer sheet to retain him.

"I'm not worried about it," said Beal, who is coming off averages of 15.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists. "It's not going to change my mentality. It's not going to make me angry towards any party or anything like that. I still have this jersey and I'm going to play my heart out each and every night.

"I'm confident (something will be worked out before October ends). It's just a matter of them doing it. If they do or don't it's fine either way. I still have to play the season. That's the only thing I'm concerned about."

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The key for Beal, who has yet to play a full season because of repeated injury setbacks, is health. He fractured his wrist last preseason and missed the start of the regular season. Then he had a recurring stress injury return to his lower right leg for the third year in a row. Spraining both ankles also has been common place.

"That's definitely my goal," Beal said of playing an 82-game season for the first time. "I've been healthy this summer. I haven't had pains anywhere, knock on wood."

He had a stellar postseason when he led the Wizards in scoring in 10 games with 23.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists.  They made it to the conference semifinals for the second season in a row and probably would've gone farther if it wasn't for John Wall breaking his hand and wrist vs. the Atlanta Hawks.

But unlike years past, when the Wizards would disintegrate without their All-Star point guard, Beal picked up the slack. He overcame a badly sprained ankle that brought him to tears to total 22 assists in the three games Wall missed. Beal's scoring didn't suffer as he created for others and was a defensive force like never before as he shut down Kyle Korver. That's the player he has to be to get the Wizards to the next level and himself the contract that he wants.

"I have to. It's a no-brainer," Beal said of those 10 playoff games being the norm with his play and not the exception. "In order for me to the player that I always claim I want to be, I have to do that. I can't take any nights off. I have to be ready to go each and every night. "

What held him back? "It was just the injury thing. It's recouping and just me mentally not wanting to do to much and me not wanting to come in and ruin the chemistry of the team because we were doing really well," Beal said. "When you get injured your biggest thing is to not get re-injured. ... Hopefully this is a new year and I don't have to worry about that."

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

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Wizards' third pre-draft workout to feature local stars including GW's Yuta Watanabe

The Wizards will hold their third pre-draft workout on Thursday at Capital One Arena, this time featuring four local standouts out of the six players attending. Highlighting that group is Yuta Watanabe of George Washington, the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Here is the full list with notes on each player...

Phillip Carr, F, Morgan State (6-9, 205)

Carr averaged 13.7 points and 9.3 rebounds this past season at Morgan State in Maryland. He shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line, excellent for a big man.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

James Daniel III, G, Tennessee (6-0, 172)

Originally from Hampton, Va., Daniel III played four years at Howard University in D.C. before transferring to Tennessee as a redshirt senior. He was the MEAC Player of the Year in his last healthy season at Howard. Daniel III averaged 5.6 points in 35 games for the Volunteers.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Marcus Derrickson, F, Georgetown (6-7, 250)

Derrickson hails from nearby Bowie, Md. He played three years with the Hoyas and averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 46.5 percent from three this past season. 

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Etou, F, Tulsa (6-8, 235)

Originally from the Republic of Congo, Etou went to high school at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va. He is Serge Ibaka's cousin and didn't start playing basketball until he was 15. Etou averaged 15.0 points and 7.9 rebounds this past season.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Junior Robinson, G, Mount St. Mary's (5-5, 150)

The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Robinson averaged 22.0 points and 4.8 assists this past season. He was a four-year starter at Mount St. Mary's.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent

Yuta Watanabe, F, George Washington (6-9, 205)

One of the best basketball players to ever come from Japan, Watanabe was a defensive standout for the Colonials who developed into a solid scorer by his senior year. This past season, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He is known in Japan as 'The Chosen One' and both of his parents played basketball professionally. NBC Sports Washington first reported he would work out with the Wizards this week.

Potential fit with Wizards: candidate for summer league or G-League team as undrafted free agent; best chance for NBA is as defensive specialist

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