Though one of them is 18 months removed from surgery and the other was never all that hurt in the first place, the Wizards have two very important injury rehabs to monitor this offseason as they prepare for the 2020-21 campaign.
John Wall is 100 percent healthy, but trying to gear up for his first NBA action since 2018 following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles. And Bradley Beal is doing well in his recovery from a sore right rotator cuff, which kept him out of the league's restart in Orlando.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks shared updates on both of them in his end-of-year press conference with reporters on Tuesday. Brooks said both he and general manager Tommy Sheppard plan to visit Wall to check on his rehab, likely in Miami where the five-time All-Star has his offseason home.
"He looks great. He’s excited, he’s fired up," Brooks said.
Brooks added he and the Wizards' brass are getting consistent updates from Wall's workouts, including videos. And he texts with Wall regularly to monitor his progress.
Wall, who turns 30 in September, is coming off a serious injury, but Brooks remains confident he can be the player he once was again. Earlier this season, Brooks said he thinks Wall will be an elite point guard when he returns.
"He’s going to continue to grow and get better. He’s still only 30 years old," Brooks said. "He hasn’t had minutes the last two years, so he’s a young 30."
Beal's injury was much more minor. Brooks reiterated it was a close call for the team when it came to holding him out of their final stretch at Disney World.
That is now in the past, and Brooks is seeing positive progress towards the future.
"He’s been great. His rehab has gone well," Brooks said. "Nothing but good reports. He’s going to be fine going into next season."
Brooks even joked about Beal rejoining the team in Orlando, suggesting he was healthy enough to do so:
"I did text him before that Boston game ‘is there any way you can make that quick trip for this last game so we can get a W?”
The Wizards did end up getting the win, their lone victory in Orlando. Now, the wait until their next game which should have two very important pieces back in the lineup.