Bradley Beal expected to represent the United States in the Olympics, but he tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s okay to feel down. It’s okay to be in a funk. It’s okay to talk about it. Yeah,” Beal said, “it’s okay to be human sometimes. It was figuring out how to do it, what position I’m in, who do I need to support. Do I need to be the tough one? Am I free to be emotional? Kind of finding that balance. A lot of times, I think I’m a superhero or I can kind of figure things out on my own, but it’s all right to rely on people. I don’t have to be Brad Beal the millionaire helper all the time.”
Beal was offered a four-year extension with the Washington Wizards worth more than $180 million. By waiting until the offseason, Beal could earn $50 million more on a five-year deal.
Beal doesn’t think about it often.
“There are situations where it can loom over your head like, oh, damn, what am I going to do, where am I going to go, who am I going to sign with?” Beal said in an interview this week. “I don’t think I have that problem. I’m here. This is what I’m making. I’m making a lot of money, and I’m comfortable with doing that, and I could stop today and be good [financially].”
Beal has told Ted Leonsis he'd like to see the Wizards reach the Eastern Conference Finals this year.
“I'm not sitting here and saying we're going to hold up the Larry [O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy], but I want to be able to have those opportunities. I want to be able to see that that's reachable,” Beal said.