Beal has two full seasons left before he is a UFA. Sure, you can get more if you trade him with 2 years left or with 1.5 years left but I don't see why the Wizards would feel they need to rush into this. Of course Beal isn't going to agree to an extension now. That does not mean he has made up his mind to leave.
The trade deadline this season would be a fine time to get value and I don't think it would be all that much different next off season. The Wizards bigger issue (by far) is Wall and his Achilles.
If Beal says no, you have to think they might move on. If he says yes, he will be off the market for at least another year or two.
If Beal passes on the extension, the Wizards have no plans to engage in trade talks with two years, $55.8 million left on his contract, Sheppard said.
Beal could be eligible to sign a five-year, $254 million supermax extension next summer if he earns All-NBA status in the coming season.
Right, can't blame the Wizards for trying but if he turns this down, it doesn't mean they trade him. They just try again next year with an even bigger extension. I would be surprised if he took this first extension.
$50.8 million per year. Thatís insane.
I guess the Wizards might hold off, but that seems more like posturing to me than anything. If Beal simply turned down the offer and said, "I have no plans to resign," then they trade him this season, tank, get a good draft pick, allow Wall to rehabilitate some of his value, trade him, and completely bottom out.
That said, 250 million is a lot of money.