The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who is the rare (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still just 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through expansion for a scorer, supplier and shot-creator. Moved into 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 begins tumbling once you get past Beal.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had been a issue, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had heel surgery in January ruptured his Achilles tendon. He hasn’t even begun.
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 is possible some of those savings will get pumped into keeping veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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