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NBA Free Agency: Bradley Beal agrees to five-year max deal with Washington Wizards, according to multiple reports

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If you thought there would be any tension or drama between Bradley Beal and the Wizards trying to work out a new deal, well, you’d be wrong.

The news should not come as a surprise. Last month, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported the Wizards were set on offering Beal a full max deal to keep him off the free agent market, and that’s exactly what’s happening. It was the only way to ensure the Wizards would be able to ensure they retained Beal and maximized their cap space for this summer.

Now, the only question that remains is will the Wizards be able to add any special clauses into Beal’s contract to lower the amount of fully guaranteed money. You may recall when the Wizards signed Martell Webster in 2013, they included a clause that he needed to play in 180 games in his first three seasons to fully guarantee the final year of his deal. Perhaps there’s a chance the Wizards will be able to work something out where Beal still gets more guaranteed money than he could get elsewhere, but provide a little bit of protection in case he can’t shake the injury bug.

Either way, Bradley Beal’s going to be a very, very happy and very rich man in the coming days.


UPDATE: It looks like there won’t be any options on Beal’s deal. This is what happens when you have leverage, folks.


UPDATE #2: The deal appears to be done, except for the signing part, which will come once the Wizards are done spending: