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Beal Deal: Wizards sign All-Star to $251M pact with rare no-trade clause

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Jan 29, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the basket past m48 and forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) during the second quarter at the FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Beal got everything he wanted from the Washington Wizards.

Beal declined his option for 2022-23 season and officially signed a new five-year deal on Wednesday valued at a maximum $251 million with another unique element: the NBA’s first true no-trade clause.

The fifth year of the contract is a player option.

ESPN reported Beal’s deal has the only full no-trade clause in the league, whereas multiple players have a limited no-trade clause or must approve a trade.

Per the report, only 10 NBA player contracts have included a true no-trade clause: David Robinson, John Stockton, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James (Miami Heat), Carmelo Anthony and Beal.

The 29-year-old has spent his entire career with the Wizards and had a chance to leave for another team on a maximum four-year deal as a free agent.

Beal declined his $36.4 million player option, which paved the way to a massive payday.

Beal is entering his 11th season with Washington.

Beal is a three-time All-Star who has twice averaged more than 30 points per game in a season.

Last season, Beal averaged 23.2 points, 6.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds in just 40 games. He underwent season-ending surgery on his left wrist in February.

Beal, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has career averages of 22.1 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 645 games (611 starts) with Washington.

–Field Level Media