Wizards GM: 'Bradley Beal isn't going anywhere'
"Bradley Beal isn't going anywhere," Sheppard said of his team's All-Star shooting guard on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps.
Since being promoted to general manager in July 2019, Sheppard has adamantly stated on multiple occasions he intends to build the Wizards around the 27-year-old. The executive has backed up his talk with action, inking Beal to a two-year, $72-million extension in October 2019.
Based on Beal's past comments, he seems set on remaining in D.C. for quite some time. The dynamic scoring guard previously stated part of the reason he re-signed in Washington stemmed from his desire to get his jersey retired by the organization one day.
As one of the top guards in the Association, Beal recently acknowledged he's not surprised teams are trying to trade for him regardless of his public statements, which he ultimately views as a sign of respect.
Beal's current contract contains a $37.2-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign. If he declines his option to test unrestricted free agency, he'll be eligible to sign a five-year super-max extension with the Wizards for more than $250 million.
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