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Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said, "I don't think surgery is an option at all", while discussing All-Star G Bradley Beal's injured right shoulder.
Beal has been nursing the troublesome shoulder - a right rotator cuff injury - for most of the season but ultimately opted to sit-out the Orlando restart after consulting with team doctors. It's definitely good news that he won't require surgery and will instead stay in Washington to conduct his rehab. In this midst of a career-best season, the All-Star guard was putting up 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 36.0 minutes a night. All signs point to Beal being healthy and ready to go for the 2020-2021 season.
SG Bradley Beal will sit out the NBA restart in Orlando due to a shoulder injury.
Beal is dealing with a right rotator cuff injury and will sit out the NBA restart in Orlando. It was reported that Beal would travel will the team, but was ultimately ruled out for the year. The Wizards are 5.5 games back from the eighth seed and will be without Beal and Davis Bertans. Look for both Ish Smith and Troy Brown to see an uptick in minutes with Beal sidelined. The 27-year-old finishes the 2019-20 campaign averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 triples across 57 games.
Wizards all-star guard Bradley Beal will travel with the team down to Orlando, but a final determination won’t be made on his playing status until the games begin later this month.
“His physical condition is looking pretty good,” said head coach Scott Brooks. With Washington sitting 5.5 games back of Orlando for the 8 seed, it’s unlikely Beal would play if there’s any doubt whatsoever with his physical condition. Brooks stated, “we’re not gonna put our players at risk if they’re not ready to play in an NBA game.” If Beal doesn’t play, look for guys like Shabazz Napier and Ish Smith to get some added run. The Wizards are already down Davis Bertans, and could be down Beal as well for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
On a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday, Wizards star guard Bradley Beal said that he has yet to make a final decision on whether or not he’ll play the remainder of the season.
"I'm working my tail off every single day as if I am playing,” said Beal. “I’m not swayed, one way or another." He’ll talk to the medical team again before making a final determination on whether or not to join his teammates in the bubble for the remainder of the season. The Wizards currently sit one spot out from the Orlando Magic who hold the 8th-seed in the playoffs. Without their top scorer in Beal, Washington would be hard-pressed to make any sort of noise later this month. Of the bubble situation, Beal said, “It’s not a walk in the park, and that’s what guys are concerned about.” Stay tuned for a final update on Beal’s status in the coming hours ahead of today’s deadline to make a decision.
SG Bradley Beal views the trade rumors as a “sign of respect.”
It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” Beal said. It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me. That’s an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant want you, that’s amazing.” With rumors swirling around that the Wizards could move Beal this off-season, his agent Mark Bartelstein does not expect him to be dealt. Beal is under contract until 2022-2023 and the team is looking to retain their star player. The 26-year-old is having another fantastic season for the Wizards, averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 triples across 57 games.