Though some expressed skepticism when the Wizards first revealed Bradley Beal would miss the restart in Orlando due to a right shoulder injury, it was enough to prevent him from shooting a basketball in the past month, general manager Tommy Sheppard said on Wednesday.
Beal, 27, stayed back in Washington while the rest of the team went to Disney World to play out their season. The team described it as minor and not a long-term concern, and that remains the case despite the news he has shut everything down.
"Bradley and I spoke yesterday, he said he’s never felt better," Sheppard said. "The shoulder is coming around. He’s not been touching the basketball since our workouts, intentionally, just so he can get the shoulder at 100 percent. Shooting the ball seemed to have irritated it when he was working out with his."
Sheppard went on to say Beal would be ready for a normal preseason if the 2020-21 campaign began in October, as it usually does. Due to the coronavirus, the league is expected to begin the season later than usual, possibly in December or even as late as March, according to reports.
Beal, along with teammate John Wall who has been recovering from a ruptured Achilles, were not in Orlando but kept in touch with the team via texts. They also watched live streamed practices on a remote feed.
The team looks forward to having them both back next season, reunited in the backcourt after a wait of nearly two years since Wall first got hurt.
"John Wall and Bradley Beal will be fully ready to go," Sheppard said.