The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who is the rare (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still just 25 years old, he proceeds to lift his ceiling through expansion as a scorer, supplier and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s seat by John Wall’s season-ending accident, Beal has become one of only seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
But Washington’s inventory begins tumbling once you get past Beal.
The worry is Wall. Injuries had been a problem, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had heel surgery in January, then ruptured his Achilles tendon in the home in February. He has begun.
Outside of the backcourt, only Ian Mahinmi and Troy Brown Jr. have guaranteed contracts for 2019-20, while Dwight Howard holds a $5.6 million player option. The deadline deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls enhanced the team’s fiscal outlook, but it is possible some of the economies will get pumped into maintaining veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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