The two-time All-Star Beal has been dealing with a right rotator cuff injury and like Oladipo — who is still recovering from a gruesome quad injury suffered last year — has decided that rehabbing for the 2020-21 season is more important than heading to Disney. Beal’s teammate Davis Bertans, who will be a free agent in line for a big payday, has also decided to opt out.
The Wizards faced an uphill battle to qualify for the playoffs, even with Beal and Bertans. They trail the Magic by 5 ½ games for the eighth seed. While they needed to only get within four games to compete in a play-in tournament with Orlando, they only had eight seeding games to do so. Whoever captures the eighth seed will likely have to play the NBA-best Bucks in the first round.
Dinwiddie has been dealing with fairly severe symptoms of COVID-19 that he's been documenting on his Twitter page. The 27-year-old was hoping to get back on the court Tuesday, but Brooklyn's team doctors have decided to have Dinwiddie sit out the restart "out of an abundance of caution," per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
His teammate DeAndre Jordan also tested positive for coronavirus and opted out a little over a week ago. The Nets currently sit at seventh in the East.
For the Sixers, it means one of their opponents in the seeding games will be woefully shorthanded. They’re set to play Washington on Aug. 5. Beal averaged 31 points in two games against the Sixers this season. Bertans hit seven threes against the Sixers in a win in D.C. but struggled in a loss at Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers finished their slate against the Nets season. Dinwiddie, who always seems to give the Sixers trouble, averaged 23.5 points in four games against them in 2019-20.
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