Dopo aver rifiutato la sua opzione di contratto per la prossima stagione, Beal doveva entrare nel mercato come free agent illimitato. Initial reporting saw the move as a play for the supermax deal in an eventual return to Washington.
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.
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 e 2020, also playing his way to three All-Star selections.
Beal averaged 23.2 punti, 4.7 rimbalzi e 6.6 assists last season.