That means that Beal is content and ready to stick around in DC for a few more years in hopes that the team can get enough other assets to be able to compete for a title.
But there is one particular thing in his new contract that is raising quite a few eyebrows.
One contract signed today that stands out is the five-year $251M one for Bradley Beal. Negotiated by Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports, the Beal contract consists of a no trade clause. He is the only player in the league to have a true no trade clause.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 6, 2022
Bobby Marks has highlighted the fact that Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, has worked out a no-trade clause in his latest deal with the Wiz.
That means exactly what you’d imagine: the team is legally prohibited from trading Beal unless they talk to him about it first.
As Marks points out, Beal is the only player in the NBA that has a no-trade clause.
It gives Beal a whole lot of power and it raises a big question: why?
Beal Running The Show
Beal just gained a lot of power with this no-trade clause: he is really able to dictate his fate and his future in the league.
This clause puts the Wizards in a tricky situation: Beal must be a part of any plans they have.
What if he gets hurt or he has a bad season or his contract costs don’t allow them to acquire another player?
It doesn’t matter, he still gets to have a say in any trade he’d be a part of.
Make no mistake: Beal is a talented player but is he really worth this sort of commitment?
The Wizards sure think so and they’re content to work their entire lineup around him for five more seasons.
Things could change and Beal could grow tired of DC and demand a trade but if he doesn’t and wants to remain then Washington is his home for the next few years.