Wall thinks Beal will sign extension with Wizards

Ben Krimmel
August 03, 2019 - 9:03 pm

The Wizards extended a three-year, $111 million contract extension to guard Bradley Beal at the end of July. The ball is in his court. Will he sign a deal that will keep him in D.C. through 2024?

Guard John Wall said he won't counsel Beal about the decision, but said the All-Star guard will ultimately choose to stay in Washington.

"I think he will sign it," Wall said Saturday at his annual backpack giveaway in Prince George's County per NBC Sports Washington.

"Brad's a very smart guy. He's going to make the best decision for himself and the organization. He enjoys D.C. I mean, he won the Community Assist Award for all the things he did here. He loves playing with me," Wall added.

Ted Leonsis believes keeping Beal on the team means the Wizards won't have to go through a long rebuild. 

"If we can bring John back and, with Brad, develop our draft picks and assets, start to manage the (salary) cap, why can't this be quick? It doesn't need to be a five-years it took when we drafted John and Brad. We can turn this one faster," Leonsis told ESPN in July.

New general manager Tommy Sheppard said Beal is "intimately involved in everything that we did in the offseason." 

"I think with Brad, there's a player we're building this franchise around. Bradley Beal's that, and I think his ability to help us in recruiting with Thomas Bryant, and all our other free agents certainly, but he was key in that whole recruitment process," Sheppard told Chad Dukes in late July. "He's been dialed in on the coaching, we're adding assistant coaches. He's been dialed in on Summer League, came out and watched our players, worked out with our guys. He's been tremendous, and I would expect nothing different. Bradley's been a stand-up person since the first day he walked in here, and I can't say enough we're building this franchise around him."

Wall waited a few weeks in the summer of 2017 before deciding to sign a four-year extension which will keep him with the Wizards through the 2023 season. Wall said Saturday the risk of injury pushed him to sign the extension then, rather than attempt to sign a more lucrative deal the next offseason.

"At the end of the day, you never know. You can sign an extension like I signed an extension and then an injury can happen or something years later," he said. 

"I talk about it every day, man. Sometimes you can bank on yourself, but sometimes it's not good to bank on yourself. I had the opportunity where if I didn't want to sign, I could have waited one more year and tried to make All-NBA again. It's very tough," Wall said. "You've only got like seven guys that are going to make All-NBA every year. So, I was like 'if they offer me the extension, I'm gonna sign it.'"

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