Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’
In the upcoming offseason, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is obviously expected to become one of the most sought-after free agents in the entire league. Of course, everything hinges on whether or not he declines the team’s player option.
Beal has been a member of the Wizards for the entirety of his professional career. In an interview with Taylor Rooks, he revealed that he hopes to spend the rest of his life in a place where he can succeed.
According to Beal,
“I know what my decision will be based on, and that’s where I feel like I can win.” This is a decision I have to make. Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to do what I think is best for me in Washington, and I want people to respect that. I don’t care if you believe me or not, but I’m going to do everything I can to make this team better. “It doesn’t matter if it’s somewhere else; it’s the same commitment.”
Beal hasn’t ruled out the Wizards, but they’ve had a rough few seasons recently. Because of Beal’s injury-related absences, the Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. In February, he had season-ending wrist surgery.
In the 2021-22 season, the three-time All-Star appeared in just 40 games for Washington. 23.2 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field, and 30.0 percent from three-point range.
However, while Beal’s points per game dropped in the 2021-22 season, his assists per game increased to a career-high level.
Kristaps Porzingis was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline of the 2021-22 season, but it’s not clear if he will be Beal’s long-term running mate.
During the previous four years, the Wizards have only once reached the postseason. With a focus on winning, it’s possible that Bradley Beal won’t be with the Wizards in 2022-23 if he keeps his word.