Report: Bradley Beal receives rare no-trade clause in contract with Wizards
Report: Beal gets rare no-trade clause in contract originally issued by NBC Sports Boston
Bradley Beal not only got big bucks in his new five-year, $251.1 million deal with the Wizards, but also reportedly received a rare, complete no-trade clause, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.
Marks also reports that Beal has a player option for the fifth year of the deal, valued at $57.1 million. That would be his season at the age of 33. Beal also has a 15% trade kicker in the contract.
The no-trade clause is the most notable here, partly because of its rarity. According to Marks, Beal is only the 10th player in NBA history to have a no-trade clause. He's the only active player to have one, because just to qualify, players need eight years of NBA service and at least four years with the team they're signing with.
Many stars in the league have switched teams, thereby losing their ability to have a no-trade clause. However, Beal has been with the Wizards for 10 seasons since being drafted third overall in 2012.
Wizards will, of course, hope that Beal's no-trade clause never becomes a factor. Giving him the deal they made is a clear sign that they want him for the long haul.
But it gives Beal even more leverage than other NBA stars if he and the Wizards ever get to a point where a deal is possible. Beal would be officially able to prevent a trade with any team he doesn't want to join.
But even that only happens when things don't go as planned. The Wizards and Beal are committed to each other for the foreseeable future. Beal just has a little more control over his situation than most players.
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