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ShareBullets: Big Panda in Asia, Max Deals, Offseason Blues

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Updated: May 31, 2016

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Bradley Beal visited Japan as an NBA emissary. [Washington Wizards Blog]

Even while overseas, Big Panda made news in America due to an interview with Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post. Beal is a restricted free agent this summer and his shaky injury history has many people questioning his max player bona fides. The 22-year-old shooting guard caused quite a stir with these quotes. [Washington Post]

“I want to be valued the right way,” Beal, 22, said from Japan, where he visited as part of a promotional tour for the NBA and attended a playoff viewing party with fans. “I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]. At the end of the day, that’s where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know.”

Beal is naturally sensitive about the durability questions.

“The injury thing, that’s behind me. I’m moving forward. I’m past it. I’m focused on my career from here on out. Hell, Steph Curry was hurt his first four years. Look at him now. John [Wall] was hurt his first three or four years. Look at him now. I’m not worried about it. People are going to say what they want to say. At the end of the day, it’s not going to affect me or the money.”

Beal’s focus is staying in the District of Columbia.

“I want to be in Washington,” Beal said. “I do. It just comes down to July 1st. I want to think about it a little bit, but this has been home for me. It’s great to have our core back and a new coach. So things are changing. It’s just up to me and the front office to get it done.”

People are getting caught up with definition of a “max player” because teams have been flush with new TV money—the whole contract game is all shook up. Beal’s worth is what he is able to get on the open market and several teams are willing to pay him top dollar. When Harrison Barnes, Kent Bazemore, and Evan Turner are about to receive $70-100 million each, negative perceptions towards Beal will subside quickly. Hell, Bismack Biyombo is about to parlay a strong postseason to $17 million a year.

A recent report has Washington willing to offer Beal the maximum five-year contract. [Washington Post]

Barring a drastic development, Beal won’t have to shop around. The Wizards are expected to offer Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount allowed under the salary cap as soon as the free agent negotiating period kicks off on July 1, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal around $22 million next season because his salary would be allowed to take up slightly under 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.

The hot takes contained sign-and-trade propositions for Beal. Jake Whitacre douses cold water on them. [Bullets Forever]

John Wall had successful knee surgery, but won’t participate in Team USA tryouts for the Olympics. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for the season opener. Don’t count on it, though. [Washington Post]

Markieff Morris, who has a still-pending legal matter in Arizona, was detained in a Philadelphia airport for weed in his checked luggage. The team has been made aware of the incident but has no comment. This offseason is just a continuation of the regular disappointment. [Washington Times]

Jorge Castillo finished his second season covering the Wiz, but will be leaving the beat to cover the Washington Nationals. [Twitter]

Wall received a grand total of 7 votes for the All-NBA teams (fewer than Dirk and Jimmy Butler). [Twitter]

Pros and cons of signing free agent Nicolas Batum. [CSN Mid Atlantic]

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the Wizards ownership group, has “restructured” by firing many high executives, as well as the marketing guru who created the successful #dcRising campaign. [Washington Post]

Tomas Satoransky is reported to be close to signing a deal to play for the Wizards next season, but the European guard was not in the mood to discuss the situation. [CSN Mid Atlantic]

Ted Leonsis brought decent snark, but got burnt on the pay back. [Deadspin]

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Tweets.

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https://twitter.com/MGortat/status/735171790075514880

Podcasts.

On the Pixel-And-Roll Show, there are two new episodes with TAI’s Rashad Mobley and Castillo of the Washington Post. We discuss the various topics currently surround the team along with exploring items upcoming this summer.

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