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Bradley Beal's new contract a big win for Wizards revamped front office

Bradley Beal's new contract a big win for Wizards revamped front office

What was the most uncertain part of the Wizards' future is now clear, as All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $72 million to remain in Washington through at least the 2021-22 season with a player option for 2022-23, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. He and the Wizards came to terms just four days before the deadline to do so was set to pass.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as most believed Beal would wait to potentially make more money down the road. He could have bet on himself to make All-NBA this season and earned a supermax contract. But this decision gives him financial security through his Age 29 season with the ability to reset in free agency. With the player option, he can line up for a lucrative deal in just three years.

As Adrian Wojnarowski noted in his initial ESPN report, Beal could earn a deal worth $266 million over five years if he declines his player option, as he will then have 10 years of NBA service under his belt. If he opts to leave in free agency in the summer of 2022, he could still net a contract worth $198 million over four years with another team.

So, either way Beal will get paid and this contract solidifies his commitment to Washington and their plan to build around him. It also likely disappoints a handful of teams around the NBA that saw Beal as an enticing trade target. The Wizards continued to deflect offers this summer even with general manager Tommy Sheppard saying publicly they wouldn't deal him.

The Wizards can now breathe easy for at least another year when it comes to Beal. If they let the deadline pass, next summer would have forced a tough decision with him being one year away from free agency. Washington may have had no choice but to trade him or else risk losing him for nothing the following summer.

It is not the way most predicted it would go, but then again the Wizards have been able to buck league trends in this regard consistently in recent years. In an age where NBA stars move from team to team, the Wizards have been able to keep their own All-Star players happy and re-sign them over and over.

They signed John Wall to a max contract and then a supermax deal. And this is Beal's third contract with the team, the second time he has decided to re-sign.

That just doesn't happen around the league. Even when the collective bargaining agreement creates incentives for players to stay, where they have to forgo tens of millions of dollars to leave their original teams, many guys still run for the exits.

The Wizards, though, have been different in the way they have been able to build strong relationships with their stars to the point where they want to stay, in this case even with the team more likely to finish outside of the playoff picture this season than not. Beal wants to win, but he has clearly been sold on the team's long-term vision and is willing to apply the necessary patience to see it through.

Whether you agree with the decision to keep Beal or not, Sheppard and the Wizards' front office deserves a good deal of credit. They successfully convinced a star in his prime to do something very few of his peers would likely do if given the same choice.

Keeping Beal and Wall has also been a departure from the team's history. The Wizards at one point not long ago were known for developing star players only to let them go and watch them win elsewhere. It happened with Chris Webber, Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton and Ben Wallace. Three of them teamed up to win an NBA title in Detroit.

Now, with Beal's future more secure, the tone of the Wizards' season will change. The results may not be different at all, but any potential distraction of whether he will want to leave has been eliminated, or least tabled for another date.

Wizards fans may not have expected this, but Beal isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

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Andrew Wiggins out vs Wizards to deal with personal matter

Andrew Wiggins out vs Wizards to deal with personal matter

Andrew Wiggins is now listed as out versus the Wizards Friday night as he deals with a personal matter in his hometown of Toronto, according to Chris Hine of the Star Tribune.

The Timberwolves star wing traveled back home to be with family following the death of grandmother. 

Wiggins is in the midst of a career season in Minnesota, averaging a career-high 25.9 points per game on a career-best 36.1 percent from three on 6.5 attempts. 

He torched the Wizards the last time these two teams met, going 21 points, six assists and five rebounds in just over 26 minutes of a blowout win for the Timberwolves. On that night the Wolves were without star big man Karl-Anthony Towns due to a suspension from his fight with Joel Embiid. 

Now Towns will be without Wiggins against the Wizards as they look to improve to 8-4 on the season and the Wizards hope to snap a three-game losing streak. 

The Wizards and Timberwolves tip-off at 8:00 p.m. in Minnesota on NBC Sports Washington. 

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Wizards at Magic: TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards at Magic: TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

With the Wizards struggling to stop any opposing offense to start the season, a trip to Orlando to play the Magic may just be what this team needs. 

Washington currently holds the second-worst defense in the league statistically and a top-six offense, while the Magic have the second-worst offense and the third-ranked defense entering Saturday night, so Orlando certainly poses an interesting matchup for Bradley Beal and company.

The Magic came into the season with hopes of securing a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs but have struggled to start thanks most in part to their anemic offense. It won't be the easiest matchup, but this is a game Washington will have to win if they hope to get out of the East's cellar. 

WIZARDS @ MAGIC HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic, Game 11

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. 

When: Sunday, November 17 at 6 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards @ Magic will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards @ Magic on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS @ MAGIC TV SCHEDULE

5:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

5:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

6:00: Wizards @ Timberwolves (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

8:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

9:00 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE) [NBC Sports Washington Plus]

WIZARDS @ MAGIC INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain)

Magic: None

WIZARDS @ MAGIC PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (28.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.4 apg): The Magic's defense will most likely work to take Beal away and force the Wizards' supporting cast to beat them. If Beal can get going anyway, the team will be in good shape. 

Rui Hachimura, PF, Wizards (14.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 apg): Washington's rookie standout will probably match up against Orlando's two best wings in either Jonathan Isaac or Aaron Gordon. A stiff test for Hachimura early in his pro career. 

Jonathan Isaac, PF, Magic (12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg): Isaac is starting to tap into his potential as a two-way star and has become one of the best defenders in the NBA. He can guard almost every position on the floor and will be a player the Wizards mindful of on that end of the floor. 

Nikola Vucevic (17.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.1 apg): This first-time All-Star is Orlando's main source of offense down in the post. If Thomas Bryant can contain his post moves and keep him off the glass, the Magic are going to have a difficult time scoring Sunday.

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