"You Have To Be Selfish At Some Point": Bradley Beal Isn't Ready To Sign Extension

Bradley Beal has been the subject of trade rumors for years now, as just about everyone around basketball would love to see him pair up with another superstar for a chance at a title. 

With the Wizards off to a 14-11 start this season, Beal is taking a 'wait-and-see' attitude about his future in D.C. 

Beal spoke with Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes and said he's glad to be in control of his future for the first time in his 10-year career. 

"I kinda hold the cards right now... I’ve never been in this position. I’m kinda embracing that, being able to kinda dictate how I want my future to be and where I want it to be."

Asked about the 4-year, $185M extension currently on the table, and the impending 5-year, $241M extension this coming offseason, he said, perhaps ominously for Wizards fans, “I’m not gonna make that grand commitment and (then) it doesn’t work. Ultimately you have to be selfish at some point.”

The 28-year-old three-time All-Star says he understands that 'making it work' in Washington is up to him, as well. “Obviously, my full commitment is to the team. I want it to work. I’ve contributed to being here. I’ve committed to being here twice. Now, I want to see that commitment to me, as well, that we can create a winning team here, a winning environment here. And granted, I’m a part of that, so I gotta make sure that I’m stepping up and doing my thing, too."

The message is clear to GM Tommy Sheppard: Nice start to the season, but there's more to be done in D.C. 

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