The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who is the rare (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he proceeds to lift his ceiling through expansion for a scorer, supplier and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s seat by John Wall’s season-ending injury, Beal has become one of only seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
But the inventory of Washington starts as soon as you get past Beal, tumbling.
The worry is Wall. Injuries had previously been a problem, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had heel operation in January ruptured his Achilles tendon. He has started his four-year, $170 million extension, which leads to next year.
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. to the Chicago Bulls improved the team’s fiscal 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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