The first big announcement of the 2016 NBA free agency period came from the Washington Wizards, but it wasn’t the Kevin Durant deal that so many had been wishing for.
The Wizards are close to securing their former No. 3 overall pick from back in 2012, Bradley Beal, to a 5-year, $128 million deal, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
.@WojVerticalNBA: Bradley Beal, Wizards nearing five-year, $128 million maximum deal
— The Vertical (@TheVertical) July 1, 2016
Wojnarowski said on The Vertical’s live free agency show that the deal could come as soon as Friday, and the deal comes as no surprise.
Beal has given the Wizards four good years since he entered the league. Last season, he averaged 17.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists for a Wizards team that missed the playoffs by a few games last season, after having a handful of injuries over the course of the season.
The Wizards fired head coach Randy Wittman after their disappointing season, and have brought in former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. Brooks will certainly be happy that the team secured their young shooting guard, keeping a key piece in place moving forward.
Securing Beal will help the Wizards attempt to pursue other free agents, and they apparently have Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford on their list.