The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who’s the infrequent (relatively) affordable All-Star.
Still only 25 years old, he proceeds to lift his ceiling through expansion for a scorer, distributor and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s seat 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, Washington’s stock begins once you get past Beal, tumbling.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had been a issue, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had heel operation in January, subsequently ruptured his Achilles tendon. He has not even started his $170 million expansion, which kicks in next year.
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. 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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