The Washington Wizards do not want to give its number 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Bradley Beal, a max contract. At least right now.
According to J. Michael of CSN Washington, the Wizards are telling the three year vet to prove it in 2016.
Bradley Beal has made it clear. He thinks he’s a max player, and that’s what he wants. I’ve talked to people on both sides all offseason about this. It seems to be Bradley Beal’s decision. The Wizards are willing to make him an offer an extension. But they’re not going to offer him the maximum extension right now simply because they don’t have to.
These are the types of situations that the Celtics need to monitor.
It's very plausible to envision the Beal-Wizards relationship going sour and now a 22 year old who averaged 23.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in the playoffs this season is on the block.
Despite the good playoff numbers, Beal has had issues staying on the court for Washington and in its pursuit of free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant, they may want to talk with Beal after that endeavor.
If he doesn't want to wait and becomes vocal about it, Danny Ainge should be waiting in the wings.
As we all know here, the Celtics could offer a significant package of guards and other assets to Washington for Beal's services.
A Smart-Beal backcourt sounds like a lot of fun to me.