It wasn’t the most emphatic answer ever, but it’s consistent with Beal’s comments in the past about wanting to build a championship-level team in D.C. instead of going somewhere else.
Also, Beal has another compelling reason to remain in Washington. In fact, approximately 246 million reasons.
Assuming Beal declines his 2022-23 player option, the shooting guard will be eligible for a supermax extension, projected to be $246 million over five seasons. A max deal with another team would net him about $180 million over four years.
“I can see the team, I can see our young guys develop. I can see coach continue to develop, too. I can see us grow as a team. I don’t have to rush to a decision, I don’t have to rush to anything,” said Beal, who was donning a large cast on his left arm.
It’s possible that trade-deadline acquisition Kristaps Porzingis is a piece Beal could see himself playing alongside next season. The injury-prone, 7-foot-3 big man is an intriguing player for the Wizards. A former young star with the Knicks, Porzingis had dealt with injuries in each of his three seasons with the Mavericks.
“Just imagine him and [center Daniel Gafford] out there. That’s going to be sick,” Beal said. “Then, you’ve got [Kyle Kuzma] at 6-9, 6-10. We’ve got great size. We’ve never had that.”
Porzingis, 26, has yet to make his Wizards debut due to a bone bruise, but coach Wes Unseld Jr. said Thursday that he’s getting close. Porzingis played in a five-on-five scrimmage at practice Thursday for the first time since the trade on Feb. 10.
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