By Skip Charles in Vegas
If Bradley Beal gives any indication he doesn’t plan to re-sign in Washington after his deal expires after next season, the Wizards have to move ASAP.
In his post-game press conference after the Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night in Philly, Bradley Beal wouldn’t confirm or deny how he’s approaching next season and whether he’ll seek a trade.
Beal is entering the final year of a five-year contract he signed with Washington prior to the 2016-17 season and at 27, he’s in his prime as an elite shot-maker and scorer. He was second in the NBA in points scored per game this season and any team on the cusp of winning the NBA championship could seek to acquire the all-star guard.
Washington is at a crossroads with Beal because while he’s clearly the franchise’s best player, the Wiz can’t allow him to leave for nothing, which makes the odds of Beal leaving the Wizards even more intriguing.
If he tells the front office he wants out prior to the NBA draft, it could put Washington in a spot where the Wiz could capitalize on his trade value and get a heck of a return in a loaded draft.