Stein reported earlier on Tuesday (via Twitter) that evaluations are ongoing on Beal’s wrist, with the Wizards hoping to be able to avoid surgery and consider alternative treatment options. However, it seems that Beal and the Wizards have decided that surgery is the best option to resolve the wound.
It’s been a tough blow for the Wizards, whose season has gone downhill since they started 10-3 and quickly held the top spot in the Eastern Conference – since then they’ve lost 26 out of 40. games to drop to 24th 29th. Even though Washington is just one game behind Atlanta for the 10th seed in the East, a playoff spot that looks like a long shot with Beal won’t be available for the rest of the run. again.
Beal’s diagnosis could change the equation for the Wizards on a deadline. There was a belief that Mages could try to bring in an impactful player like Jerami Grant or Domantas Sabonis (who is said to be joining Sacramento), but that seems less likely with Beal sidelined.
It will be interesting to see how basketball executive chairman Tommy Sheppard The deadline is approaching and whether Washington will shift its focus entirely to next season, perhaps trying to retool the roster around Beal as Portland. doing with Damian Lillard.
Of course, that would be a riskier strategy for the Wizards, as Beal could become an unrestricted free agent this season by turning down a $36.4 million player option. his for 2022-23. More recent reports have indicated that Washington remains focused on re-signing Beal’s long-term contract and there are no signs that he wants to leave DC. But he will certainly be keeping a close eye on any move the Wizards make.
The star defender, who turns 29 this summer, will be eligible for a five-year maximum salary contract of $245 million plus as a free agent, like Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. If Washington makes that commitment in the face of Beal’s injury and is confident he will make a full recovery, perhaps his surgery won’t affect the Wizards’ willingness to make a long-term investment in him.