Bradley Beal didn't practice Monday, but after going through a battery of tests the Wizards' leading scorer has avoided major injury and could be available for Tuesday's game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder at Verizon Center (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).
"Everything is good. He's sore. He didn't do anything today. We'll see," coach Randy Wittman said after practice. "He made good with his strides from yesterday to today. He'll be questionable for tomorrow."
The good thing for the Wizards is that they have options. If Beal can't play, Garrett Temple could be the starting shooting guard like he has been in previous absences by Beal the last few seasons, or Wittman can call on a more offensive option in Gary Neal. Jared Dudley could shift play small forward and Otto Porter can play some at the two, also. And with Alan Anderson (left ankle surgery) and Martell Webster (right hip) still out, this would thrust rookie Kelly Oubre into minutes off the bench as the backup small forward.
Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 22.7 points, and is shooting 48.6% from the field and 47.1% from three-point range, which are both career highs. He has also contributed 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Saturday, Beal hurt his left hand, which required surgery last season for a fracture in the preseason, when he fell hard on a drive to the basket but was able to stay on the court. A few minutes later came the collision with Jeff Teague, whose knee struck Beal on the shoulder. Beal gutted it out to stay on the court until the last minute, when he reached in for a steal and despite no contact doubled over in pain and walked off the court while the ball was still live.
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: