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 chair by John Wall’s season-ending injury, Beal has come to be one of just 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 issue, but he’s never gone through something similar to this. He had heel operation in January ruptured his Achilles tendon. He has begun his four-year, $170 million extension, which leads to next year.
Outside of the backcourt, just 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 the economies will get pumped into keeping veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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