The Wizards star signed a contract that no one else has in the NBA
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 696
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal recently signed a five-year contract extension worth $251 million. Analyzing his contract, ESPN's NBA salary cap expert and former Brooklyn Nets general manager Bobby Marks noted that it is the only contract in the league with a true "no trade" clause.
This clause allows the player to veto if the club wants to exchange him, that is, to choose in which club he wants to continue playing. Beal has been with the Wizards since the beginning of his NBA career and persistently refuses to leave, even though the team has not been competitive for years, and fans and media are putting constant pressure on the three-time All-Star to leave in pursuit of a ring.
Only the tenth in history and the only one today
"No trade" clause is extremely rare in the NBA, although some other players have it, but only if they have extended their contract with their previous club for one season.
In that season, they also have such a clause, but Beal's is valid for all five years, which makes him currently a unique player in the NBA. Beal is actually only the tenth player in NBA history with that clause, which Michael Jordan didn't even have.
Before him, Lebron James, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and John Stockton had it at some stages of their careers. "Today represents such a special moment in my life," Beal said in a statement.
"I could not be more grateful to have the opportunity to continue to partner with Ted, Tommy, Wes, and the entire organization in moving forward to achieve our dream of bringing championships to D.C." Beal, who has long said he wanted to remain in D.C.
with the franchise that drafted him No. 3 overall in the 2012 draft, re-committed himself to the rebuild in Washington, and along the way, has found himself a part of a very exclusive club.