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Bradley Beal Among Players Who Won’t Get an Extension

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In what doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal won’t sign a contract extension in advance of Monday night’s deadline. Beal’s agent Mark Bartelstein told J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic that it was a “mutual decision” to table talks until next summer when the youngster is a restricted free agent.

It’s a decision that makes sense. While Beal is a budding young star who’s looked superb through three games (25 PPG on 46.6 FG% and 50 3P%), the Wizards don’t want to extend him now because giving him a max deal or near-max deal would cut into their available cap space next summer when the team wants to pursue Kevin Durant.

For Beal, he has little incentive to sign anything but a max because he’ll all but certainly get one next summer barring a catastrophic injury. He does have some injury concerns, but his current talent level and potential alone put him in line for that max. The Wizards will surely try to sign him to that big deal next summer, but even if he signs an offer sheet somewhere else, they can match it and go over the cap while doing so.

There’s been news trickling out Monday about other players who won’t be getting an extension:

None of these are all that surprising, as players want to have a chance to hit restricted free agency next summer when so many teams are flush with extra cap space thanks to the cap jump.

It’s also been previously reported that Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas won’t be getting new deals.

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