The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who’s the infrequent (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he proceeds to lift his ceiling through growth for a scorer, distributor and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s chair by John Wall’s season-ending injury, 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 starts as soon as you get past Beal tumbling.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had previously been a issue, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had season-ending heel surgery in January ruptured his Achilles tendon at home in February. Adding insult to injury, he has not even started.
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. into the Chicago Bulls enhanced the team’s financial outlook, but it is possible some of those savings will get pumped into keeping veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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