Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal didn't want to talk about his future after his team exited the playoffs in the first round on Wednesday. The Wizards needed to beat the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 to return to D.C.
but that didn't happen as the Sixers claimed a 129-112 win to progress into the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Beal had a strong performance in Game 5 as he collected 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists. "I haven't even ...
we're not gonna think about that, or even talk about it, right now," Beal said after the game, per ESPN. "I haven't thought about none of that, as of yet."
Beal will take his time before he makes a decision
"Ultimately, I'm in control," Beal said.
"I think that's my biggest thing. People are going to report whatever they want, but I know where my mind is and I know if it's not coming from the horse's mouth, then it's going to be rumors. I expect them.
S---, they're starting now. "So it doesn't change anything. I guess it's going to increase a lot more this year with me going into the last year of my deal, but for me, I'm just relaxing, resting my body and we'll evaluate all that when summer comes."
The Wizards, who had high expectations for this season, started the year with a 0-5 record. However, the Wizards improved as the season progressed and managed to make the playoffs. "The biggest thing for me is we battled the whole year," said Beal, who had a stellar individual season, finishing second (31.3 points per game) to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry (32 points) for the league's scoring title.
"We didn't start off the way we wanted to, it was frustrating all around for everybody, I was frustrated at times, I'm very optimistic and I've persevered through a lot of adversity and I think we did that as a team, so for me, I think we just put ourselves in a position to win.
"We made do with what we had, at times we had a lot of guys out, a lot of different lineups throughout the year, so for the most part I was happy with that. I was happy we competed and gave ourselves a chance at the end of the year. We obviously still need to get better. We have a lot of room for improvement all across the board."