Agent: Wizards star Beal declines $36.4M optionon June 29, 2022 at 9:40 pm

Bradley Beal has declined his $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 NBA season, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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.

The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal is in the top five in a host of all-time statistical categories for the Wizards, including making and attempting the most 3-pointers in Wizards history.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.

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