The Wizards are going to Orlando later this month to resume their season, but Bradley Beal is not a certainty to join them.
The two-time All-Star said his decision is still up in the air during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. He said he is working out every day in preparation to go, but is consulting with the team's medical personnel on what to do.
"I have yet to make mine. I'm still working my tail off every single day as if I am playing. It is definitely more or less going to be a decision that comes down to the medical staff and I just because of our precautions and coming back from zero to 100," he said.
"I had some nagging stuff at the end of the year we are trying to clean up, too. We're looking at it from all angles. I'm definitely working out every single day in here. It's good to be back in the facility."
Beal later clarified his decision does not have to do with social justice reform. He is on board with using the league's platform to raise awareness, and has been very active in the cause, but it is not factoring into whether he will play or not.
"I'm not going to make my decision on the social side of it," he said.
Beal's teammate Davis Bertans has already opted of the season. He is set to hit free agency this fall and chose not to play to avoid injury.
As for when Beal has to make his decision, it isn't entirely clear. There was a soft deadline for players to opt out last week. But rosters are due to the league on Wednesday and the Wizards don't actually travel to Orlando until July 7. Their first game is July 31.
Beal, who just turned 27, is second in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 30.5 points per game. The Wizards have eight regular-season games remaining with a chance to make the playoffs. Without Beal, that would be much more difficult.
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