However, the guard himself added to the conversation, making it clear that he had no idea where this report came from.
Beal has remained in Washington for his entire 10-year career thus far, and he continues to make it clear that he is committed to the Wizards. And in a recent interview with The Athletic, he revealed that he has made a decision on his playing future but is keeping his cards close to his chest for now.
Despite his wishes to stay with the team, a deal has not publicly been made to keep the three-time All-Star on the roster for next season. Beal would need to accept the $36.4 million player option in order to avoid free agency. He still has yet to make a public decision, although he continues to state how he wants to stay with the Wizards.
The 29-year-old has been through a lot with the Wizards in now four consecutive losing seasons. On top of that, he suffered a wrist injury on Feb. 5 ending his season. He continues to recover from the injury, but he recently told The Athletic that he began on-court activity again.
Beal, the third overall pick in 2012, averaged a team-high 23.2 points on 45.1% shooting and a career-low 30.0% from three in 40 games last season. He is eligible to sign a five-year, nearly $248 million max deal with the Wizards, who own his bird rights. Under league rules, he would only be able to sign a four-year deal worth roughly $184 million with any other team.
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