Now, everything is agreed upon.
Restricted free-agent guard Bradley Beal agreed to a five-year, $128 million maximum contract to stay with the Washington Wizards, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Vertical.
The framework of the contract will be a straight five-year deal with no options, Bartelstein said.
Beal can’t sign until July 7, and the Wizards might wait longer to make the deal official. His cap hold is $14,236,685, and his max salary projects to be about about $22 million. Washington can spend the difference — about $8 million — then use Beal’s Bird Rights to exceed the cap while re-signing him.
The important part is getting Beal’s contract terms locked up, and that’s done.
The next steps:
- Add depth in free agency, reportedly with Ryan Anderson the top target.
- Keep Beal healthy. When on the court, he’s productive young player, but injuries have piled up. Admittedly, this is a much more difficult challenge than throwing money at Anderson.