The Wizards get high marks for rostering Bradley Beal, who is the infrequent (relatively) cheap All-Star.
Still just 25 years old, he continues to elevate his ceiling through expansion as a scorer, supplier and shot-creator. Moved to the driver’s chair 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.
But Washington’s inventory starts as soon as you get past Beal, tumbling.
The biggest worry is Wall. Injuries had been a problem, but he has never gone through something similar to this. He had heel operation in January, subsequently ruptured his Achilles tendon at home in February. He has begun his $170 million extension, which leads to next year.
Outside of 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. into the Chicago Bulls enhanced the team’s financial outlook, but it’s possible some of the savings will get pumped into keeping veterans Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green, a source told NBC Sports’ Ben Standig.
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