All-Star guard Bradley Beale has agreed a five-year, $251 million maximum contract to stay with the Washington Wizards, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports said Thursday to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski as NBA free agency. opened.
Biel, who spent his entire 10-year career with the Wizards, has now committed himself to the franchise for the duration of its prime.
Beale, who turned 29 earlier this week, averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 40 games for Washington last season before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery in February. This was before two seasons in which Beale had at least 30 points per game – including 31.3 points per game in 60 games during the 2020-21 season.
3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Beale is in the top five for the Wizards in a host of all-time statistical categories—including making and attempting the most 3-pointers in team history. Now, he will get a chance to target almost every statistical mark of the franchise.
Washington expects those milestones to come with victories. The Wizards, after making the Eastern Conference semifinals three of four years ago in Beale’s career, have reached the postseason just once in the past four years, when Washington played five matches against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. I was out. ,
Last year, after Beale was sidelined for half the season, the Wizards finished in 12th place in the East – 10th and eight games away from the final play-in tournament spot.
Now, Washington will wait and see what Beale looks like with the team’s marquee midseason addition: center Kristaps Porzingis, who has yet to play a game with Beale after being acquired in a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Wizards, under second-year coach Wes Unseld Jr. and team president of basketball operations Tommy Shepard, were added to the roster earlier this week by sending out guards Ish Smith and Kentavius Caldwell-Pope in lieu of guards Monte Morris and Will Barton. Morris took over as the team’s starting point guard with Beale on the backcourt in Washington.
Washington also picked up free agent Dylan Wright, agreeing to a two-year, $16 million deal with the former Hawks guard, his agent for Wasserman Basketball Greg Lawrence told Wojnarowski on Thursday.
Wright, 30, scored at a career-low rate last season on the Atlanta Hawks team, with plenty of mouths to commit. However, his efficiency (45 per cent off the field, 3 to 38 per cent) and passing (about 5 assists per 36 minutes) looked as strong as ever.
At 6-foot-5, Wright combines a useful set of skills that include ballhandling, passing, defense and shooting. He saw his minutes increase to 27 minutes per game in Atlanta’s first-round series against the Miami Heat, where he averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 assists while shooting more than 50% off the field and 3 to 38%.
Washington has a number of young players who could play a role, including four of the team’s last four first-round picks: guard Johnny Davis, the 10th pick in this year’s draft, and Corey Kispert, Rui Hachimura and Denny Awadija.
The Wizards also agreed to a two-year deal with Anthony Gill, sources told Wojnarowski. He spent the last two seasons in Washington, averaging 3.7 points in 9.7 minutes.