August 26, 2020, 11:06 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Amid the many unknowns facing the Wizards as they head into the offseason, GM Tommy Sheppard confirmed that Scott Brooks will be the Wizards’ coach next season, when Brooks will be in the final year of his five-year contract with the team.
Despite Washington’s 25-47 record, Sheppard lauded Brooks as the “connective tissue” in a disjointed season riddled with injuries to the team’s core players. The GM, who has officially spent just over a year as the organization’s top basketball decision-maker, reiterated that everyone, himself included, should have a year of a fully healthy roster to be properly evaluated. The Wizards will have to fix their defensive issues in the offseason but they look like one of the most interesting teams to watch next year with John Wall returning from his Achilles injury and joining Bradley Beal and a mix of young players with upside.
Source: Washington Post
July 29, 2020, 1:29 pmGarrison MathewsPG, Washington Wizards
Garrison Mathews remains away from the Wizards for personal reasons, and it's unknown whether he will arrive in the bubble at all.
Scott Brooks said that Mathews is "fine" but that a determination had not been made about his status going forward. The rookie from Lipscomb averaged 5.4 points and 1.3 rebounds during limited action in 18 regular season games. Jerome Robinson should continue to play heavily without Bradley Beal and Mathews around.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
July 21, 2020, 3:24 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal was a top-10 fantasy player in 2019-20, thriving in a career year where he averaged 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 3.0 3-pointers while shooting .455 from the field.
Beal's scoring, threes and assists were all new career-highs and he's asserted himself as one of the best guards in the game. Washington needed him to turn in Herculean efforts night in and night out and Beal responded in kind. He scored at least 20 points in each of his final 23 games, including back-to-back 50-point games and five 40-point showings. The assists and points may come down when John Wall returns to the court but Beal's consistent excellence will make him an easy top-15 selection in fantasy drafts for the foreseeable future.
July 7, 2020, 3:58 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said on Tuesday that he doesn't believe surgery is an option for Bradley Beal (shoulder).
Earlier today, Beal decided he would not play during the Orlando restart due to an issue with his right rotator cuff. It was a minor problem throughout the year but Beal rarely missed any action because of it and has opted out because his shoulder wasn't responding right to his ramp-up activities. It's great news that surgery isn't in the cards, and it means Beal should be good to go as an elite fantasy option for next season. Over Washington's eight Orlando games, look for plenty of players to pick up the slack. Shabazz Napier, Troy Brown and Ish Smith will be big presences in the backcourt.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
July 7, 2020, 11:50 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that Bradley Beal will not play in the restarted NBA season due to his shoulder injury.
Beal was reportedly torn about whether he would play but he is making the smart decision here in order to avoid the risk of further injury. The Wizards will now be without Beal and starting forward Davis Bertans when the season resumes at the end of the month, making their presence in Orlando even more meaningless.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 1:48 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal has not yet decided about whether he will participate when the Wizards resume play in Orlando.
The Wizards are something of a long shot to make the playoffs, so it's understandable that Beal is taking his time. The veteran has filled the stat sheet in averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.2 steals this season.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
June 2, 2020, 8:45 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall, who has long been rumored to have absolutely zero chance of returning to the court even if the current season is resumed, said in a conference call last week that he feels "110 percent."
Wall and the Wizards both maintain that he will not return to action this season, regardless of the outcome of the vote on Thursday by the NBA Board of Governors. This is good news, obviously, for the team as they set their sights on next season. As of late, trade rumors have been swirling around the franchise's two top assets: Wall and All Star guard Bradley Beal. Moving forward, there is a high possibility that the Wizards will decide between the two, as Beal's contract will expire after next season. Which player will the Wizards keep? Who will they trade, or will they trade them both? They are hoping to have some time to evaluate how the pair plays in tandem early next season, as Wall has missed significant time with a torn left Achilles he suffered during the 2018-19 season. But it may be too late to negotiate an extension with Beal at that point, so they will have to play their cards with extreme care.
Source: The Athletic
June 2, 2020, 8:27 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Wes Unseld, a Hall of Famer and Washington Bullets legend, passed away on Tuesday due to complications with pneumonia and other illnesses. He was 74 years old.
An outstanding rebounder, Unseld is also one of only two players to ever be awarded Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season in 1968-69. He guided the Bullets to the NBA Finals four times, winning once in 1978, a series where Unseld took home MVP honors. Hornets' GM and former teammate Mitch Kupchak said of Unseld, “As a teammate, he was tough, dependable and competitive to no end.” Unseld was a fearless competitor and highly respected across the league during his 13 seasons with the Bullets franchise. Former Knicks center and fellow Hall of Famer Willis Reed recently recalled their battles against one another, "He was most consciously a rebounder — he could shoot, but he didn’t emphasize that part of his game — and felt that if he did his job right, by getting the defensive rebound and making the quick outlet pass, they would score quickly.” Unseld was undoubtedly a pioneer for the game of basketball and means a great deal to the city of Washington D.C.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
May 29, 2020, 4:44 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
On Friday, the Wizards resumed holding voluntary workouts at their practice facilities.
The Wizards have joined a chorus of teams that are returning in limited capacities to their facilities at this point. The NBA as a whole is continuing its march towards the resumption of play with a target date of July 31 now established. The District of Columbia also entered phase one of reopening today, and it makes sense for the team to proceed on a similar trajectory.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 21, 2020, 5:17 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets have had internal discussions for Bradley Beal of the Wizards.
If the Nets were to add Beal, they would likely have to give up Caris LeVert and/or Spencer Dinwiddie to have the salaries match. The Nets would add Beal to an already dominant duo in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which would appear to elevate them in the race to the top in the East. However, from a fantasy perspective, this move would likely lower Beal's ceiling as there would be less usage for him playing alongside two superstars.
Source: NY Daily News
March 10, 2020, 11:31 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal notched his 11th 40-point game of the season on Tuesday night vs. the Knicks, finishing with 40 points, seven assists, three boards and three steals in 38 minutes.
Beal has been an absolute stud this season, there's no other way to put it. He has carried the Wizards' offense all year and will carry a lot of fantasy managers on successful postseason runs if he keeps going off like this. The only worry for fantasy managers is the potential shut down, as the Wizards have long been out of playoff contention.
March 6, 2020, 9:57 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal torched the Hawks for 35 points (13-for-21 shooting), seven triples, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block in Friday's 118-112 win.
It was nice to finally see Beal go off in a winning effort on Friday. Beal has been so consistently elite that it's almost becoming boring. Keep him locked in your lineup as he's providing the kind of production that can carry a fantasy team.
March 5, 2020, 12:41 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal finished Wednesday's loss with 29 points, six rebounds, six assists, a steal and four 3-pointers.
Same song, different chorus for Beal, who continues to post gaudy numbers in losing efforts. This wasn't his best game however, as he shot just 10-for-29 from the field. That blemish aside, Beal is good for elite fantasy value, whether the Wizards win or not.
March 4, 2020, 9:55 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
After weeks of feeling despondent after an All-Star snub and growing frustrated with losses, Bradley Beal is now finding beauty in the ashes of the Wizards’ season.
Beal accomplished a franchise milestone on Sunday as he became the only player in team history to score 25 or more points in 18 straight games, while he also became only the sixth player in NBA history to compile 50 or more points on consecutive nights earlier this season. “Just having fun, honestly,” Beal said Sunday. “I’m not thinking about anything. I want to go out there and win." The Wizards are at the tail end of a transition year and it’s great to see Beal able to understand and accept his place in it. Fantasy owners meanwhile, can only hope that he continues to play with the same intensity until the end of the season.
Source: Washington Post