As if things weren’t going bad enough for the Washington Wizards, they took another blow Tuesday afternoon. It was reported and eventually confirmed that Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season as he is set to have surgery on his left wrist.
Quite the blow for whatever direction the Wizards were going to take ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline. Beal almost certainly wasn’t going anywhere, but the possibility of a team making an over the top offer always existed. Not anymore.
Getting players to help him sooner than later is not just a problem because the season is a wash but also because they can’t even get a glimpse at possible fits next to Beal this season. Beal has been the face of the franchise since the team elected to trade former point guard John Wall.
While he was having a down season, he remains a coveted and valued player around the league. We may soon see just how coveted, as Beal can opt out of his contract this offseason and if does that he is free to sign with another organization.
Could Bradley Beal’s Time in Washington be Over?
Never say never. That being said, it’s really difficult to see things lining up in a way that Beal never plays a game for the Wizards again. First, he has remained loyal and stated his desire to be with the team. He may continue giving them chances to get the right pieces around him.
If he doesn’t essentially demand a trade or walk in free agency, the Wizards seem perfectly happy to continue the cycle of swinging and missing on players that could win games with Beal. They can pay him a lot of money, with a large difference between what they can offer and what rival teams can offer.
It doesn’t seem very likely at all that Beal doesn’t at least play another season or close to a full season for the Wizards. The 28 year old guard finishes his 10th season in the league with 40 games played and averages of 23.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.