Bradley BealSG | Wizards

GM reiterates desire to build around BealSeptember 10, 2019 | 02:43 PM

Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard reiterated his desire to build around Bradley Beal in an interview with CBSSports.com writer Brad Botkin. Washington offered Beal, who's under contract for two more years, a three-year contract extension worth $111 million this summer but the All-Star guard did not sign. While some took this as a reason to speculate about future trades, the move was understandable. For one, if Beal were to make an All-NBA team this season he would be eligible for the five-year "super-max." Secondly, it's possible that he wants to see how things are trending in Washington before committing to the franchise long-term. But the trade talk: that won't be happening according to Sheppard. "You look at the character, the talent, the age, just the whole package ... Brad is without a doubt a core player in this league. Every team would love to have him, and we do," Sheppard told CBSSports. "So we've never considered anything other than a situation where Brad is with us and leading us forward. We made that clear to him on the first day we could offer him an extension, and we'll continue to ma

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