Bradley Beal officially became a member of the Washington Wizards on Friday, when the team signed him to a four-year deal. The first two years of Beal’s contract are guaranteed, and he Wizards have one-year options on the third and fourth year of the deal.
On Monday, Beal took to the Wizards practice court for his first day of minicamp.
“It was pretty good actually, the intensity was there,” Beal said.
“I think everybody was happy and excited to actually be able to put on a Wizards uniform and get out there. They threw a lot of stuff at us, but I think we took it all in. I can’t wait for summer-league, honestly.”
The Wizards will hold mini-camp from Monday through Friday before heading to Las Vegas. The Wizards (20-46 last season) may not have the luxury of bringing Beal along slowly; he’ll have to pick things up quickly.
Beal sounds ready for the challenge.
“I’ve got to hit the ground running,” Beal said.
“That’s just the type of person I am anyway. I don’t want to come on and just be laid back and let things happen. I want to just try and come in, be as impactful as I can.”
Helping Beal out will be second-year point guard Shelvin Mack, who missed out on his own minicamp and summer league experience last season due to the lockout, and is happy to be have the opportunity this year.
Mack and Beal have already begun working out together.
“We’ve been working out a few days before this actually started,” Mack said.
“You know he’s a competitor, he always wants to win. I think that’s a great thing, especially coming to this team. You know we want to take steps forward regarding winning.”
In addition to tutoring Beal, Mack plans to make a few improvements on his own game.
“I just want come out there and be aggressive,” Mack said.
“Try to get to the free throw line and just be consistent, not go out there and have a good game, have a bad game, just be consistent the whole five days we’re out there.”
The first day of minicamp is a pretty small sample size, but coach Randy Wittman is just glad there’s going to be a summer league this year.
“It’s just good to be back out here,” Wittman said.
“Last year at this time we were pulling our hair out, not being able to have any contact, sitting around waiting for a lockout to end that never ended until December. This is good. It’s good for our kids.”
As for third overall pick, Wittman likes his confidence.
“He’s a confident kid, and he should be,” Wittman said.
“Players of his caliber, that’s why he’s good. He’s got great confidence in who he is, and he came out there today like he knew what he was doing. But he didn’t have a clue what he was doing, if that makes any sense,” Wittman joked.
“I just want to see Bradley Beal. That’s how you build a team.”