The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who’s the rare (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through expansion for a scorer, distributor and shot-creator. Moved into the driver’s chair by John Wall’s season-ending accident, Beal has become one of only seven players averaging at least 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
But the inventory of Washington begins tumbling once you get past Beal.
The worry is Wall. Injuries had been a issue, but he’s never gone through something like this. He had season-ending heel operation in January, subsequently ruptured his Achilles tendon. He has not even started.
Outside of 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 enhanced the team’s financial outlook, but it is possible some of those economies will get pumped right into maintaining veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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