Beal needs to receive the extension by the fall, Hughes wrote, and the Wizards intend to try to make one happen.
Hughes added that Beal is likely to consider “several factors” and can simply wait to see how the Wizards’ offseason unfolds. Beal can sign an extension for four years and more than $181 million, noted ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
“[Trade rumors are] definitely going to increase more this year with me going into the last year of my deal,” Beal told reporters, via Hughes. “I’m just relaxing and resting my body and we’ll evaluate all that once summer comes, when I meet with [team chairman] Ted [Leonsis] and meet with [general manager Tommy Sheppard].”
The future of coach Scott Brooks is still to be determined, though most around the league seem to believe Brooks will return. He is said to be a favorite of both Beal and especially, point guard Russell Westbrook.
“If Beal wants to base his decision on how the offseason transpires, plenty could change in the next few months,” Hughes wrote. “They are considering their options at head coach and have indicated some aggressive moves could be in the plans.”
Beal, 27, is 6-foot-3 and finished second in the league in scoring at 30.3 points. He also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists.