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With Wizards Playing Well, Beal Remains Open-Minded About Future in DC

Despite all of the team’s ups and downs over the past number of years, Bradley Beal commitment to the Washington Wizards hasn’t wavered for a second.

At least not publicly that is.

The superstar guard remains eligible for a four-year, $181-million extension or he could wait until the offseason to sign a five-year, $242-million deal. No matter what he decides to do, Beal has maintained his open-mindedness in regards to his future and has looked genuinely happy this year about the prospects of being able to have some control over his own career.

“I have time,” said Beal. “I kind of hold the cards right now. I’ve one never been in this position. Right? I’m kind of embracing that. Kind of being able to dictate what I want my future to be and where I want it to be. And at the same time I’m giving Shep that opportunity to show that it’s working. At the same time I’m not going to make that grand commitment and it doesn’t work. Ultimately, you have to be selfish at some point. For probably the first time in my career, year 10, I am.”

The Wizards are currently tied for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, sitting at 15-11 after a hot start to the season.

“My full commitment is to the team,” said Beal. “I want it to work. I’ve contributed to being here. I’ve committed to being here twice. Now I want to see that commitment to me as well. That we can create a winning team here, a winning environment. Granted, I’m a part of that. I have to make sure I’m stepping up and doing my thing just as well.”

The 28-year old guard has averaged 22.6 points and 5.7 rebounds through 23 games this season.


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