Washington drafted Beal out of the University of Florida in 2012 with the No. 2 overall pick. Since then, he has been an important part of the Wizards’ rebuilding process and current success this year. He provides great production on both ends of the floor. This season, he is averaging 16.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He is a young and talented player who has been a vital piece to the Washington franchise. Also, he is slowly becoming one of the faces of the franchise.
He is currently on his rookie deal which is worth about $4 million a year. The deal lasts up until the 2015-16 if the Wizards decide to use their team option. With Beal being so young and so talented, the Wizards should consider giving Beal an early contract extension to secure him for years to come.
This past summer, the team gave their other franchise player, Wall, a contract extension. He received a max deal for $80 million over five years which will last up until the 2018-19 season. The Wizards gave him the deal in hopes that he would bring in a new era for Washington basketball. Since then, the team has gotten over.500 for the first time since 2009, Wall has been named an All-Star and the Wizards are playoff bound. Washington would have the same objective in a contract extension with Beal, and he is definitely a player who can help the team secure a winning future.
Washington’s best asset is currently their backcourt duo. If he were to hit free agency, Beal would be highly sought after. Washington should strongly consider giving him an early contract extension.