Bradley Beal has declined his $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 NBA season.
Beal, who has played his entire 10-year career with the Washington Wizards, likely will have two options next month: either sign a five-year max contract to remain in Washington or elect to go elsewhere on a four-year max contract, the most he can sign with another team.
Beal, who turned 29 on Tuesday, averaged 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 40 games for Washington last season before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery in February. The prior two seasons, Beal — who has made the All-Star team three times in his career — averaged more than 30 points per game, including 31.3 across 60 games in the 2020-21 season.
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has declined his $36.4M option and become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Beal is eligible to sign a 5-year max to return to Wizards – or sign elsewhere on a 4-year deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2022
Bradley Beal has declined his $36.4M option with the Wizards and will become a free agent, per @wojespn
He’s eligible to sign a 5-year max deal with the Wizards or sign with another team on a 4-year deal pic.twitter.com/jw941iHS7F
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 29, 2022