Bradley Beal is back in the nation’s capital. The All-Star guard to a five-year, $251 million contract to remain in Washington. Beal has spent his entire 10-year career with the Wizards, barely winning anything of importance, but making plenty of money in the process.
He has plenty of talent, but it hasn’t been enough to get the Wizards deep into the playoffs. Beal has averaged 22.1 points and 37.2% from beyond the arc, but if anything those numbers appear to be more inflated by the Wizards mediocrity. The team will hope Beal, coming off wrist surgery, can log a full season for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
It’s apparent why the Wizards opted to sign Beal, afraid of falling into the deep dark depths of the NBA standings, but for now, there is no path to compete, as well as no path to being completely awful. In the end, Beal will sign this contract and find himself getting traded in a few years time. Until then, let’s appreciate this generational money-grab.