Bradley Beal Stays Put, Agrees To $251 Max Deal With Wizards

Bradley Beal is staying in Washington.

The All-Star guard has OK’d a five-year, $251 million max contract with the Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, via Deal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports.

This deal was not unexpected, as Wojnarowski reported last month that Beal was “very consistent” in saying he wanted to stay.

Beal, 28, missed the second half of the season with a wrist injury. He has been rehabbing the injury since at least early June.

“This injury also gave me a mental break, a time to evaluate life, and I haven’t changed my mind-set,” Beal said, via Ava Wallace of the Washington Post. “I enjoy being in D.C.; I enjoy being on this team.”

Beal, 28, suffered a torn ligament on the wrist and underwent surgery less than a month later. Per The Athletic’s Josh Robbins, Beal had his cast and the pins in his wrist removed in late April.

Around that time, Beal said “it’s fair to say” he will be returning to Washington. 

Beal’s scoring average dipped by eight points from last season, but he still led the Wizards in at 23.2 points at the time of the injury, and was also averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. 

Washington finished 35-47 under first-year coach Wes Unseld Jr., failing to qualify for the postseason. They traded for forward Kristaps Porzingis when Beal was injured, so whenever those two suit up and take the court together, it will be a first.

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