Bradley Beal officially became an NBA player on Friday, when he signed his rookie scale contract with the Wizards. The Wizards drafted the 19-year-old Beal third overall out of Florida on June 28 in the NBA draft.
The first two years of the contract are fully guaranteed for roughly $8.3 million and the team has one-year options for the third and fourth years of the deal. Beal is slotted to earn about $3.4 million next season under terms of the contracts negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement — but he was eligible to receive 120 percent of that amount.
Since it is usually a formality for teams to provide the 20 percent pay increase to first-round picks, Beal’s salary was elevated to $4.13 million. He averaged 14.8 points in one season at Florida.
Beal will get to work on Monday, when the team holds a four-day minicamp in preparation of the Las Vegas summer league. The Wizards will field a team that also features second-year players Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack, and second-round pick Tomas Satoransky, who is expected to stay in Spain next season.
The Wizards have intimated that they would bring Beal along slowly next season, with Jordan Crawford the likely starter at shooting guard, but the 6-foot-4 sharpshooter will be featured prominently on the summer league team. He took a diplomatic approach on the night of the draft when asked about starting alongside John Wall right away.
“Whatever Coach [Randy Wittman] wants me to do and whatever role he puts me in, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win and to help the team,” Beal said. “I’m not going to come in and just try to force the issue.”
The summer league minicamp roster will also include NBA veterans Shavlik Randolph, a 6-10 former Duke standout who played five seasons with Philadelphia, Portland and Miami but spent last season in Puerto Rico, and 6-11 center Garret Siler (Augusta State), formerly of the Phoenix Suns.
Centers Laron Dendy (Middle Tennessee State) and Kim Tillie (Utah), forwards Jeff Brooks (Penn State) and Mike Scott (Kent State), and guards Earl Calloway (Indiana), Steven Gray (Gonzaga) and Ravern Johnson (Mississippi State) round out the squad, which will open on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Cox Pavilion of Thomas and Mack Center against the Atlanta Hawks.
They will also play Houston at 10 p.m. on Saturday, the NBA Development League at 10 p.m. on July 15, Memphis at 6 p.m. on July 16 and Milwaukee at 4 p.m. on July 17.