Wizards guard Bradley Beal has a player option on the final year of his deal, and by all accounts he intends to pick it up.
That comes from Beal himself, who re-iterated comments from March that he will re-sign and remain in Washington. He is coming off wrist surgery that cost him most of the season, but began the rehab process late last month.
“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.
“The Wizards have expressed optimism that Beal will re-sign with the only team he’s played for in his 10-year career,” RealGM wrote. “In the past, Beal has said he wants to re-sign in Washington, but recently said both sides know what’s at stake this summer with building the team for the future.”
His 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.