One way or another, the league's announcement of All-NBA teams on Thursday was going to have a significant effect on the Wizards' next team president and their long-term to-do list, even before the job is filled. If Beal made All-NBA and qualified for a supermax, that would have been a game-changer. But now that he has missed out on All-NBA, there are still domino effects.
Namely, it gives the Wizards more options moving forward. If Beal had earned a supermax contract, that would have put the team in a precarious spot. There were several ways it could have gone. They would have first had to decide whether to offer the money, which was projected at $194 million over four years, and Beal would have then had to choose whether to accept it.
A breakdown in talks could have been disastrous. The Wizards may have felt the need to trade Beal if a new contract wasn't feasible.
The new team architect may still prescribe a reset that includes trading Beal, a move that ships him out for future assets, but now their hand isn't forced. They now have much more time to figure out whether Beal fits in their long-term picture.
It might only buy them one more year. Next summer, Beal will be one season away from hitting free agency and in today's NBA sometimes that is when things come to a head with All-Stars and struggling teams.
Beal could even make All-NBA next season and line up for a more lucrative supermax extension. With the trajectory he has been on in recent years, it almost seems like a safe bet.
But one more year would be pivotal for the Wizards who have a very complex situation involving John Wall to sort out. He will make $38 million next season in the first year of his own supermax contract and, due to a ruptured Achilles, will likely miss at least 50 games. He could even sit out the entire year, as it is a serious injury and he has to get this rehab right to preserve the rest of his career.
But if Wall comes back and plays, say, 20 games next season, that could be enough to at least give the league a glimpse at the player he will be post-injury. It could give the Wizards more options when it comes to trading him if it comes to that.
With a ruptured Achilles and his contract, Wall may be one of the least tradeable players in the NBA at this moment. But a successful recovery could change that and even a small amount of trade value would give the Wizards more avenues.
In that scenario, it might not be a matter of choosing Wall over Beal simply because they have to. Maybe they could find a way to keep Beal after all.
It is still a complicated problem to solve. Wall's injury is a stroke of bad luck that has put the Wizards in a unique bind. But Beal earning a supermax would have compounded the entire situation and now that is not the case.
Beal could very well still be traded. It depends on the new president's vision, and it could also be affected by what goes on around the league.
Teams that lose out on Anthony Davis could get desperate. There is also free agency which will change teams' priorities. If the Knicks or Lakers either lose out in free agency or if they find one star and need another, Beal could end up garnering a lot of interest.
Getting the Wizards back on track will not be easy for whoever takes over in their front office. But after Thursday, the team has more options regarding Beal and his future and that's all they can ask for at this point.
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