Bradley Beal is a restricted free agent this summer and the Washington Wizards are “widely expected” to offer him the maximum contract to get him to stay with the team. However, NBA rumors persist that other teams could be lining up to steal him from the Wizards with a number of teams having the chance to offer him the max contract.
“I want to be valued the right way. I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]. At the end of the day, that’s where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know,” Beal said via The Washington Post.
Washington had a chance to give Beal a maximum contract extension in October last year but both sides could not agree to a deal to give the scorer the chance to become a free agent after the current season. However, Beal is restricted, which means any contract offered by any other team can be matched by the Wizards to retain him for the team.
Beal’s statement of being open to signing “elsewhere” could be a sign that they haven’t still agreed on a maximum contract. This is a dangerous situation for Washington who might lose him to other NBA teams especially with the huge increase in salary cap for all NBA teams this summer. NBA rumors will also include Beal as one of the top free agents available this season because of the statement.
The top five teams with salary cap this season are the Los Angeles Lakers ($65 million), Philadelphia 76ers ($61 million), Dallas Mavericks ($59 million), Boston Celtics ($56 million) and Orlando Magic ($53 million) depending on the type of moves they make this 2016 offseason.
NBA rumors have linked the Lakers, Celtics and Sixers to various deals because of their available cash this summer plus they have assets in top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft plus valuable players available in trades. One of these teams could very well try to steal Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards.
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