Bradley Beale has declined his $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Beale, who played his entire 10-year career with the Washington Wizards, will have two options in free agency: either sign a five-year maximum contract to stay in Washington or choose to move elsewhere on a four-year maximum contract. , at most he can sign with another team.
Beale, who turns 29 on Tuesday, 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. The past two seasons, Beale – a three-time All-Star team in his career – has amassed more than 30 points per game, including 31.3 in 60 games in the 2020-21 season.
3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Beale is in the top five for Washington in a host of career statistic categories, including making and attempting the most 3-pointers in Wizards history.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.