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Bradley Beal heading back to Washington Wizards as NBA free agency opens, agent says

All-Star Guardian Bradley Beal has agreed to a five-year, maximum $251 million deal to remain with the Washington Wizards, his Priority Sports agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski as the NBA’s free agency opens Thursday became.

Beal, who played his entire 10-year career with the Wizards, has now dedicated himself to the franchise for the duration of its heyday.

Beal, who turned 29 earlier this week, averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 40 games for Washington last season before undergoing wrist surgery at the end of the season in February . That was preceded by two seasons in which Beal averaged at least 30 points per game – including 31.3 points per game in 60 games in the 2020-21 season.

The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal is in the top five in a variety of all-time statistical categories for the Wizards — including scoring and attempting the most 3-pointers in team history. Now he gets the chance to target virtually every statistical mark the franchise has to offer.

Washington hopes these milestones will be accompanied by victories. After reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals three of four years earlier in Beal’s career, the Wizards have only reached the postseason once in the past four years, when Washington defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs retired .

Last year, when Beal was sidelined half the season, the Wizards finished 12th in the East — eight games away from 10th and final play-in tournament spot.

Now Washington will wait and see what Beal looks like alongside the team’s midseason marquee addition: center Kristaps Porzingis, who has yet to play a game with Beal after being acquired by the Dallas Mavericks.

The Wizards, under sophomore coach Wes Unseld Jr. and team president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard, were added to the roster earlier this week by selling guards Ish Smith and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in exchange for guards Monte Morris and Will Barton forwarded Morris will serve as the team’s starting point guard alongside Beal in the Washington backfield.

Washington also brought in free agent Delon Wright and agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the former Hawks guard, his agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Basketball told Wojnarowski Thursday.

Wright, 30, scored at a career-low rate last season on an Atlanta Hawks team that had plenty of mouths to feed on offense. However, his efficiency (45% from the field, 38% from 3) and passing (nearly 5 assists per 36 minutes) looked as strong as ever.

At 6-foot-5, Wright combines a number of useful skills including ball handling, passing, defense and shooting. He saw his minutes per game increase to 27 minutes in Atlanta’s first-round series against the Miami Heat, where he averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 assists while shooting over 50% from the field and 38% from 3.

Washington has several young players who could also play a role, including the team’s last four first-round picks: guard Johnny Davis, the 10th pick in this year’s draft, and forwards Corey Kispert, Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija.

The Wizards also agreed to a two-year deal with Anthony Gill, sources told Wojnarowski. He has spent the last two seasons in Washington, averaging 3.7 points in 9.7 minutes.

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Emma Bowman

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