Bradley Beal heads back to Wizards on 5-year max deal: report

After declining his contract option for the upcoming season, Beal was set to enter the market as an unrestricted free agent. Initial reporting saw the move as a play for the supermax deal in an eventual return to Washington.

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FILE - Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Washington.

FILE – Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

The Wizards made moves on Wednesday to fortify their shooting as a team, and potentially sweeten the bid to re-sign Beal. Washington acquired Denver’s Monte Morris and Will Barton in a trade for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith.

FILE - Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, on Jan. 23, 2022, in Washington.

FILE – Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) in action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, on Jan. 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Beal gradually climbed the Wizards’ ranks to surpass former No. 1 overall pick John Wall as the floor general. The 10-year vet and former No. 3 overall pick in Beal posted consecutive seasons of averaging 30+ points per game in 2019 and 2020, also playing his way to three All-Star selections.

Beal averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists last season.

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