Bradley Beal has turned down his $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, his Priority Sports agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Beal, who played his entire 10-year career with the Washington Wizards, will likely be given two options: either sign a five-year deal to stay in Washington, or opt to go elsewhere on a four-year deal. most of what he can sign with another team.
Beal, who turned 29 on Tuesday, 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. Over the past two seasons, Beal — an All-Star Team three times in his career — has averaged more than 30 points per game, including 31.3 in 60 games in the 2020-21 season.
Beal, the No. 3 draft pick in the 2012 NBA draft, is in the top five for Washington in a variety of statistical career categories, including the most 3-pointers in Wizards history.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34169016/washington-wizards-star-bradley-beal-declines-364-million-player-option-agent-says Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal declines $36.4 million player option, agent says