For years now, Bradley Beal has been a subject of debate about his long-term prospects with the Washington Wizards. Although there are constant trade and free agency rumors, he has yet to depart the team.

A rumor from The Athletic last week stated that Beal had already decided, but he was not yet ready to share it. However, there is a high probability that the shooting guard will not exercise his $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season and sign a new long-term contract with the Wizards.

So, the major issue was going to be, would this take place in Washington or somewhere else? It will be the former, according to ESPN‘s most recent information.

Beal to stay at Wizards until 2027

“Even if Beal simply re-signs with the Wizards, he can increase his 2022-23 salary to the projected max of $42.7 million. Per [Adrian] Wojnarowski, Beal is very likely to decline the option and re-sign with Washington on a five-year deal worth a projected $248 million that would take him through age 33.”

ESPN‘s Kevin Pelton and Adrian Wojnarowski

Even while Beal did tell Taylor Rooks this in June, he hasn’t offered any concrete indications that he plans to leave the Wizards: “I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win. That’s going to be my decision. If I feel like I can win in D.C., that’s what I’m gonna do. I want people to respect that.”