The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who’s the rare (relatively) affordable All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through growth for a scorer, distributor and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s seat by John Wall’s season-ending accident, Beal has come to be one of only seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
However, the stock of Washington begins once you get past Beal, tumbling.
The worry is Wall. Injuries had been a problem, but he’s never gone through something similar to this. He had season-ending heel surgery in January ruptured his Achilles tendon. He hasn’t even begun.
Outside the backcourt, just Ian Mahinmi and Troy Brown Jr. have guaranteed contracts for 2019-20, while Dwight Howard retains a $5.6 million player option. The deadline deal that sent Otto Porter Jr. into the Chicago Bulls improved the team’s financial outlook, but it’s possible some of those economies will get pumped into maintaining veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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