KEY POINTS

  • The Wizards will try to lock up Beal with a huge contract extension offer
  • Beal prefers to focus on the coming NBA season
  • NBA teams are keenly monitoring Beal's contract situation with the Wizards

The Washington Wizards know that there is a multitude of teams who want to pry away Bradley Beal from their clutches.

This has been going on for some time now, and general manager Tommy Sheppard hopes to put an end to all that with a huge contract extension.

According to reports, the Wizards plan to offer Beal a $181.5 million contract extension. Sheppard bared that they will dangle the deal to the 28-year-old player on Friday, October 1.

Now, teams who had vested interest in the three-time All-Star will be keeping tabs. These said squads are unlikely to give up the chase for the Missouri native, and there is proof for them to do so.

This is about Beal’s comments when he spoke to the Washington Post, where he explained how he would rather focus on helping the Wizards get "off to a good start."

“My biggest thing is getting us off going to a good start,” Beal said. “We worry about the contract money and all that later. I’ll let them deal with it when the time comes, for sure. I got all year to sign, too. So I’m not in a rush.”

It seems like a sensible approach by Beal, who wants to focus on helping his team for the 2021-22 NBA season.

But for those who prefer to take it in another way, it could be the 6-foot-3 guard’s way of playing it safe.

Beal knows that a lot falls on his shoulder for the coming season. Russell Westbrook is no longer around, and he needs to lead a young pack to at least make the NBA playoffs.

It won’t be easy for the former Florida Gator who has been linked to several teams in the past like the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers. 

But the thing is Beal made it clear that he prefers to stay in Washington. That is what Wizards management will have to hold on to for now.

Aside from a huge deal, the next best thing that the Wizards can do is surround the All-Star guard with more talent.

Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrived through the Westbrook trade, but more is needed–especially for the long term.

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards Photo: Getty Images | Rob Carr