Sources: Wizards, Beal agree to re-signing terms

The Washington Wizards have agreed to a deal with Bradley Beal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Earlier Friday, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the Wizards and Beal were near an agreement on a maximum five-year contract approaching $130 million.

Sources said the sides moved swiftly into contract negotiations when free agency began at 12:01 a.m. ET Friday.

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A deal can’t be signed until the league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 7, but the parties can strike a verbal agreement.

Beal played in a career-low 55 games (35 starts) for the Wizards last season due to injuries, including a stress reaction in his right fibula. He has dealt with injuries over the course of his four-year career and has never played more than 73 games in a season.

The 23-year-old averaged a career-high 17.4 points per game last season as he and John Wall formed one of the top backcourts in the NBA.

The shooting guard turned down a lucrative contract extension from the Wizards before the 2015-16 season, saying he felt he is a player worthy of a maximum contract.

“I feel like I’m a max player, and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement, then I may be thinking elsewhere,” Beal told The Washington Post in late May. “I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]. At the end of the day, that’s where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done, but you just never know.”

Information from ESPN staff writer Ian Begley was used in this report.


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