The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who is the infrequent (relatively) affordable All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through expansion for a scorer, distributor and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s chair 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 tumbling as soon as you get past Beal.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had been a issue, but he’s never gone through something like this. He had heel operation in January ruptured his Achilles tendon. Adding insult to injury, he has not even started.
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 enhanced the team’s fiscal outlook, but it is possible some of the savings will get pumped right into maintaining veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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