Bradley Beal "No Slam Dunk" To Re-Sign With Wizards: Report

As his name has continually come up in trade rumors over the years, Bradley Beal has indicated numerous times that he's dedicated to the Washington Wizards, that he wants to be the 'Dirk of DC', so to speak, referring to Dirk Nowitzki's 21-year career all spent in Dallas. 

But for the first time ever, Beal will become a free agent this summer, and now according to The Athletic's Fred Katz, "I don't necessarily think it's a slam dunk that he's just re-signing for the 5 year max that he's eligible for."

On The NBA Show podcast Tuesday morning, Katz, who followed Beal closely as a Wizards beat reporter just a couple of years back, says, "from people I've talked to, I'm not as confident now that he's definitely coming back. I wouldn't be sitting here betting my life on the fact that Bradley Beal is on the Wizards next season."

Beal himself said in December that he has not committed to signing the 5-year extension just yet, saying "ultimately, you have to be selfish at some point."

However, the 28-year-old 3-time All-Star has had an off-year, just recently finally passing the 30% mark in three-point shooting, while his true shooting percentage is well down from his career marks, by about 10%. His scoring is down EIGHT points a game (31.3 to 23.2). His down year has contributed to the Wizards going 13-23 since their 10-3 start. 

And while the Wizards are confident they'll be able to bring Beal back, there are sure to be trade offers, either now, or in the offseason in a sign-and-trade scenario. GM Tommy Sheppard will have to seriously consider the options.

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