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, supplier and shot-creator. Moved to 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 stock of Washington starts 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 season-ending heel operation in January, subsequently ruptured his Achilles tendon. Adding insult to injury, he has started his $170 million expansion, which kicks in next year.
Outside of the backcourt, only 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’s possible some of the economies will get pumped right into keeping veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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