The backcourt for the Wizards missed out on a golden opportunity for the 2016 Rio Games because they're more focused on nursing themselves back to health for the NBA season. There are mixed signals if John Wall will be ready for training camp after surgeries on both knees while Bradley Beal declined an invite as he tries to get his body in optimum working condition as he awaits a max contract.
"We think John will be ready," president Ernie Grunfeld said. "He's doing very well. Obviously, we have to fill out the roster whether John is ready or not. ... John is doing very well and hopeuflly be ready for training camp."
Wall had minor procedures May 5, immediately taking him out of serious Olympic consideration, on each knee after a 41-41 season kept the Wizards out of the playoffs. He missed the last five regular-season games. Beal, who had various ailiments that included a pelvic sprain that kept him out to end the season, has had four stress reactions in his lower right leg four years in a row.
He's a restricted free agent shooting guard and will get a max contract offer that pays him in excess of $22 million from the Wizards. He bypassed on a chance at an Olympic spot to focus on his rehabilitation.
A person close to Beal told CSNmidatlantic.com on Friday that he's spending most of his time in Los Angeles, placing a greater emphasis on therapy to treat his muscles to support his leg in addition to his individual workout regimen.