Wizards aiming to rebuild around shooting guard Beal

Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal drives to the basket

The Washington Wizards appear determined to hang on to standout shooting guard Bradley Beal, as national insider Adrian Wojnarowski relayed during an ESPN special.

“Bradley Beal’s got two years left on his deal and the Wizards have not given up hope of signing him to an extension,” Wojnarowski said. “They’ve had a three-year, $111MM-or-so extension on the table for him to take in any form. Does he want two years, three years? Any form he wants, it is there waiting for him. So they are nowhere near the idea of moving Bradley Beal. They want to continue to try to rebuild around him.”

Beal, 26, is 6-foot-6 and averaged career-highs in points (25.6), assists (5.5) and rebounds (5.0) last season, appearing in all 82 games for a second straight season.

But the Wizards struggled mightily following the injury to point guard John Wall and were hampered by rumors to start the season. Also, general manager Tommy Sheppard replaced former basketball chief Ernie Grunfeld at the end of the season.

“Bradley Beal, if he got on the market, would bring back an absolute ransom because if you want to improve your team in a dramatic way, he’d be the guy,” Wojnarowski said. “But Washington’s not doing that. They still want to re-sign him.”