The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who’s the rare (relatively) affordable All-Star.
Still just 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through expansion as a scorer, supplier and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s seat by John Wall’s season-ending accident, Beal has become one of just seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
But Washington’s inventory starts tumbling once you get past Beal.
The worry is Wall. Injuries had previously been a issue, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had heel surgery in January, then ruptured his Achilles tendon. Adding insult to injury, he has begun.
Outside the backcourt, only 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 fiscal 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.