The Wizards will not have two-time All-Star Bradley Beal with them when they resume play in Orlando, FL to finish the 2019-20 NBA season.
According to the team, Beal elected not to play due to a right rotator cuff injury he had been dealing with for most of the season.
The decision, which was first reported by the Athletic, was apparently made not long before the team left Washington on Tuesday afternoon. Beal had been mulling what to do in recent days under consultation from the team's medical staff.
Beal, 27, is the second Wizards player to opt out, joining Davis Bertans. They are the Wizards' two leading scorers this season.
Losing Beal and Bertans will make it much more difficult for the Wizards to qualify for the playoffs. They head to Orlando as the ninth-seed in the East, needing to shave off at least 1 1/2 games to force a play-in tournament for the No. 8 seed.
Beal not going also prevents him from adding to his case for All-NBA. But clearly he and the Wizards felt the health concerns were of more importance in the larger picture.
Beal calls it a year with the second-highest scoring average in the NBA at 30.5 points per game, which was also a personal career-high. It was his eighth NBA season.
Beal will now look towards next year and the return of longtime teammate John Wall. The Wizards are hoping the duo can lift the franchise to new heights once Wall completes his rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
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