It's the time of year in the NBA where contract-extension talks are the focus for the game's best young players. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal is definitely in that number. The 22-year-old will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season unless he and the Wizards can work out an extension before the November 2 deadline.
Per J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com, that doesn't seem likely: "The clock also is ticking on coming to terms with Bradley Beal on an extension to his rookie deal. But just as in July, August and last month, the situation remains unchanged, CSNmidatlantic.com has been told by multiple persons with knowledge of the situation."
Per Michael, Beal wants a max deal, or at least something in the ballpark, and the Wizards' brass is still unsure. Apparently, the team was leaning towards offering Beal the big bucks, but his so-so 2014-15 season that saw him raise his scoring average just 1.4 points and manage a modest 2.7 free throws per game was a deterrent.
Judging by the way Beal has started the 2015-16 season, he seems intent upon proving to the Wizards he is truly one of the league's elite young scoring guards. Through the first three games of the season, Beal is averaging 25.3 points per game and 5.3 free-throw attempts. If the Wizards want to offer him a max deal, then their hesitancy probably won't be an issue.
They will always have the right to match any offer Beal receives as a restricted free agent. Then the team can still offer him a max extension, much like the Chicago Bulls did with Jimmy Butler this past offseason.
Rockets Extension News
The Houston Rockets have two promising young players in a similar position. Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones are also unlikely to sign extensions before the deadline.
Per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports: "The Houston Rockets and forwards Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas are bypassing contract extensions before the Nov. 2 deadline, unable to gain traction in discussions, league sources told Yahoo Sports."
Injuries cost Jones all but 33 games of the 2014-15 season, but the 23-year-old's versatility in the frontcourt is an asset the Rockets should covet. He's gotten off to somewhat of a slow start this season, averaging nine points and five rebounds in two games.
As the season progresses, we'll see if he can make himself an integral piece of what the Rockets are attempting to build.
Motiejunas is another multitalented young big, but he too is battling injuries. Back issues have kept him out of the Rockets' first two games of the season. With neither player agreeing to an extension, both figure to draw some interest on the restricted free-agent market.
The Rockets will likely have to choose which one of the young players will be a part of the team for the long haul.
Mavs Locking Down Carlisle
Players aren't agreeing with teams, but one championship coach is apparently ready to sign on the dotted line. The Dallas Mavericks and head coach Rick Carlisle are said to be close to agreeing to a five-year contract extension.
Per ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the team and coach are in "advanced" talks. In eight seasons with the Mavericks, Carlisle has guided the team to a championship in 2011 and a postseason berth in all but one season.
The Mavericks may be headed for a rebuild soon, but it looks as if Carlisle will be along for the ride.
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