Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives the ball around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Minneapolis. The Wizards won 104-98. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives the ball around Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in Minneapolis. The Wizards won 104-98. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Time is ticking on Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal to make one last argument for why he deserves a mega contract extension this summer. The 21-year-old guard has been routinely banged up for the last few seasons and needs a healthy finish to justify what will be a critical crossroads this offseason. Beal recently exited the lineup with a strained pelvis that may keep him completely out of Washington’s current road trip. The Wizards have been a better team with Beal on the floor, and he’s stepped up big time in past playoffs. But, his availability has been a major question mark during his District tenure. There’s still time for Beal to return, help the Wizards make the playoffs and repeat as a strong postseason performer. But there’s still a possibility that Beal could continue to miss time and the Wizards miss the playoffs which could trigger the question: Will the Wizards re-sign Beal? Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate this question.
 
Riley: The Wizards will undoubtedly be in a unique scenario this summer when Beal becomes a free agent. The franchise still has yet to figure out if Beal is a max-contract level player but there will probably be a team willing to pay the fourth-year guard. With the salary cap expected to increase over the next coming seasons, matching a max offer for Beal—should he receive one—wouldn’t be so much of a big deal if not for the injury factor. Beal’s still young enough to overcome some early career setbacks, but handcuffing the franchise to an injury-prone player could be disastrous. Washington’s hands will seemingly be tied and they’ll have no choice but to re-sign Beal no matter the cost.
 
Green: The injuries would definitely cause concerns for most organizations but let’s not forget that a hobbled Gilbert Arenas negotiated his own $100 million-plus contract against General Manager Ernie Grunfeld. This organization is known for handing out bad contracts dating back to the Juwan Howard days, and I’m sure they will re-sign Beal—but they shouldn’t. Availability is any player’s best trait, and Washington should think long and hard before they sign up long term for that roller coaster. Wall has emerged into the franchise guard the Wizards were looking for and using the available cap room to go after a big man would make tons of sense.
 
Riley: There’s no guarantee that the player the team might sign with the available cap space wouldn’t succumb to injuries once he comes aboard. That’s the risk that all teams take. Beal suffered some nagging injuries but he’s also been fantastic in the postseason. Wall played and has grown into the franchise player, making him a piece you focus on keeping happy. Beal spaces the court for Wall to operate and not to mention they’re good friends off the court as well. The two have a solid chemistry and Beal still has enough going for him between his potential and his ability that it makes his re-signing a practical no brainer by the team.
 
Green: If the Wizards ever want to become a winning franchise again they have to start making smart decisions in regards to their roster. Regardless of player ability, age or projection, you simply don’t re-sign players to huge extensions when they can’t stay healthy. Washington hasn’t exactly been the hub for talented players to go to so I’m sure the Wizards will do everything to keep their own talent in the District. But, this summer will have blue chip stars available such as Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford and Kevin Durant who could all instantly walk into a starting role in Washington, who would have cap space galore if it doesn’t re-sign Beal. The smart thing to do would be to refrain from giving Beal top dollar and test out the market.