Wizards’ Bradley Beal debunks Twitter report indicating he will decline his player option as NBA free agency looms

The NBA offseason is officially in full swing as reports and rumors emerge surrounding player movement around the league.

According to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto, Bradley Beal is set to decline his $36.4 million player option for next season and enter unrestricted free agency. 

However, minutes after the report emerged, Beal took to Twitter to swiftly debunk any truth to the report.

Beal, who signed a two-year, $72 million extension with the Wizards in 2019 is eligible for a five-year, $248 million deal with the Wizards, which would make him among the highest-paid players in the league.

In an interview with The Athletic on June 18, Beal said he has made up his mind about his playing future but declined to disclose his decision

The 28-year-old has blossomed into the face of the franchise that drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, committing himself to the Wizards, despite only making one playoff appearance over the past four seasons.

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“I can see the team, I can see our young guys develop, I can see coach continue to develop, too, Beal said in March

I can see us grow as a team. I don’t have to rush to a decision, I don’t have to rush to anything.

“Everything is just take it a day at a time, take it a day. [Team president Tommy Sheppard], [team chairman] Ted [Leonsis], we’re all good. We know what the summer is and that’s always been a straightforward communication for us.”

Beal, who underwent season-ending surgery on his wrist in March, is coming off a tough campaign with the Wizards, who finished with a 35-47 record, sitting 12th in the East. 

In 40 games last season, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 6.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds on 45.1 percent from the field and a career-low 30.0 percent from the 3-point line. He is in the top-5 of nearly every major statistical category in franchise history.

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