Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard is a man of his word, and he kept it Friday morning.
So, bookkeeping: the Wizards made their three-year, $111 max extension offer to Bradley Beal today, the first day they’re eligible to do so, per sources. Beal, unsurprisingly, is not signing it immediately, if at all. While grateful for the gesture (1/3)— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) July 26, 2019
According to The Athletic's David Aldridge, Sheppard and the Wizards offered All-Star guard Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million max extension Friday, the first day they were allowed to do so.
"Beal, unsurprisingly, is not signing it immediately, if at all," Aldridge writes. "While grateful for the gesture and while wanting to not abandon the team as it approaches a likely rough season, obvious questions remain about the team’s short- and long-term plans during the prime of his career."
"Beal also remains eligible for the much more lucrative supermax after next season if he makes one of the three all-NBA teams for Washington after next season. The sides will continue what have been amiable discussions next week."
As NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes outlined Thursday, Beal has from now until Oct. 21 to sign the extension, and can even sign one- or two-year deals if that's what he prefers. However, "it seems like a safer bet that he won't sign," Hughes writes, because "Beal can simply make a lot more money if he waits."
That said, the Wizards are simply doing what they said they would. "At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max extension," Sheppard told ESPN earlier this week.
"He's got two years left on his deal, and he's from Missouri and we are going to have to show him," said Sheppard. "We need to show him that we are about building this the right way, that we aren't going to have character-deficient guys around him. We are going to surround him with guys he wants to play with."
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