Beal could spend more time functioning as the Wizards' primary playmaker this season.
A glance at the Wizards' backcourt depth chart tells most of the story, but with Wednesday's news that Isaiah Thomas will begin the season in street clothes, Washington is now even more starved for talent at guard. Ish Smith is in line to serve as the starting point guard, but Beal is by far the team's best playmaker, and he'll have a chance to top last season's career-high 28.4 percent usage rate. The Wizards apparently have no plans to bring in additional guard help, so there's a chance Beal could essentially be the backup point guard so long as Thomas is on the shelf. With John Wall out for most of last season, Beal turned in a career year, averaging 25.6 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.5 made threes in a league-high 36.9 minutes per contest.
The Wizards plan to offer Beal a three-year, $111 million max extension on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Wizards can't officially extend the offer until Friday, when Beal becomes eligible, but GM Tommy Sheppard did not mince words when asked about the team's plans. "At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Bradley the full max extension," Sheppard said. The 26-year-old Beal is coming off of the best statistical season of his career, but with the Wizards stuck in a holding pattern as John Wall recovers from a serious Achilles injury, it's unclear whether Beal will be willing to commit to the franchise long-term. The St. Louis native still has two years remaining on his current deal, which pays him just under $56 million through 2020-21. Beal could also become eligible for a super-max extension next summer in the event that he makes an All-NBA team in 2019-20. Given all the factors at play, it's likely Beal will take his time in evaluating the decision, which he has until October 21 to make.
Beal tallied 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists over 17 minutes Tuesday against the Celtics.
It was reported before the game that Beal wouldn't see "a lot" of minutes in the season finale, but he still managed to post a solid final line. The All-Star shooting guard averaged 25.7 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds over 81 matchups during the 2018-2019 campaign, although the season will end in disappointment for the Wizards, who were eliminated from playoff contention weeks before the finale.
Coach Scott Brooks noted he's not going to play Beal "a lot" of minutes Tuesday against the Celtics, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Beal, in what marks the Wizards' final game of the season, will be on the court for a limited amount of time. The move doesn't come as a surprise considering he's seen fewer than 24 minutes in two of the past three games.
Beal ended with 13 points (5-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to New York.
Beal saw limited minutes Sunday, finishing with 13 points in just 23 minutes. The Wizards are simply turning up right now and with nothing to play for, are certainly going to limit Beal down the stretch. He has had a fantastic season and with John Wall (Achilles) set to miss the majority of next season, Beal could find himself as a potential target towards the backend of the first round.
Beal registered 25 points (9-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), two rebounds and five assists over 31 minutes Friday against San Antonio.
Beal turned in another solid scoring effort, but the Wizards would fall 129-112. Despite being eliminated from the postseason, the 25-year-old guard has continued to produce at a high level. Beal is averaging 25.3 points along with 4.7 dimes over his previous 10 games.
Beal had 34 points (13-25 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-10 FT), six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 128-124 loss to the Jazz.
Beal had been questionable heading into Friday but took his place in the starting lineup, finishing with 34 points in 39 minutes. There is continued discussion around potentially resting Beal down the stretch and perhaps Sunday will be that day. Owners are going to have to simply hope he takes the floor on what will be the final day of the season for many. Looking ahead to next season, Beal is likely to be a player to target in the second round of many drafts, especially with John Wall (Achilles) set to miss the majority of the season.
Beal (rest) will play Friday night against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
It looked as though Washington was going to give Beal the night off, but he'll start Friday. The Wizards' coaching staff may begin to cut back on his minutes down the home stretch in an effort to give the younger guys on the team a chance to play, especially after Washington was eliminated from playoff contention.
Beal might be rested for Friday's game against the Jazz, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
According to Beal, the decision will be "last-minute." The Wizards have officially been eliminated from playoff contention, so the coaching staff may use the opportunity to take a look at some of the young guys. More information should arrive closer to tipoff.
Beal posted 32 points (10-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-13 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block across 37 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Beal's point tally once again comfortably paced the Wizards on the night and actually led all scorers. The veteran two-guard had seen a rare dip below 20 points in his most recent game, but he's been well past the mark more often than not as the usual offensive linchpin on a short-handed squad. While his final lines have usually been more than rewarding for fantasy owners, Beal is actually slumping in one area at the moment -- factoring in Tuesday's production, he's shooting just 23.5 percent (8-for-31) from three-point range over the last five games.
Beal finished with 27 points (7-19 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 11-15 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks over 44 minutes in the Wizards' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Beal scored just 15 points in Monday's loss to the Jazz, but he bounced back nicely with a 27-point performance. He shot poorly for the second game in a row, but he got to the free-throw line 15 times making 11 from the charity stripe to bolster his point total. Beal remains an elite guard option across all formats.
Beal scored 15 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding two rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes during Monday's 116-95 loss to the Jazz.
It's only the third time all season that Beal has failed to drain a three-pointer. The All-Star guard was due for a quiet night after posting back-to-back 40-point efforts, but the loss was a devastating one for the Wizards' playoff chances -- the team now sits 4.5 games back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, with 11 games left on their schedule and two other teams to leapfrog.
Beal erupted for 40 points (12-17 FG, 9-12 3Pt, 7-9 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes Saturday in the Wizards' 135-128 win over the Grizzlies.
Beal showed no signs of fatigue in the second half of the back-to-back set, finishing with exactly 40 points and knocking down better than half of his shot attempts for the second night in a row. The 25-year-old has been the engine of the Wizards' offensive attack since John Wall (Achilles) was shuttered for the season in late December and has soared to even greater heights since the All-Star break. Over his last 12 games, Beal is averaging 31.2 points (on 50.4 percent shooting from the field), 6.9 assists, 6.3 boards, 3.5 triples and 2.0 steals in 40.3 minutes per contest.
Beal scored a game-high 40 points (15-29 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 45 minutes during Friday's 116-110 loss to the Hornets.
The Wizards' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, and Beal did everything he could to get his squad a crucial win over one of the teams it's chasing, to no avail. He's scored at least 30 points in nine of the last 18 games, averaging a mammoth 29.5 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 boards, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.8 steals over that stretch.
Beal scored 23 points (10-22 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and collected six rebounds, seven assists and two steals over 39 minutes Wednesday against Orlando.
Beal was Washington's leading scorer in a 100-90 victory at home. He's continued to play at a high level through the first half of March and is averaging 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.5 steals through seven matchups. Beal isn't showing any signs of slowing down heading into the home stretch of the regular season.
Beal totaled 27 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals across 38 minutes in the Wizards' win over the Kings on Monday.
Beal was firing on all cylinders in Monday's win, finishing just an assist and rebound shy of a triple-double. The seventh-year man out of Florida has taken on a much larger role this season with John Wall (heel) out, and Beal is averaging career highs in points (25.8), assists (5.5), rebounds (5.2) and steals (1.5).
Beal produced 36 points (13-25 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 8-11 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one block in 45 minutes during Saturday's 135-130 overtime loss to the Timberwolves.
Beal got back on track after suffering through one of his worst scoring performances of the season (15 points on four-of-21 from the field) in Friday's loss to the Hornets. The 25-year-old guard has recorded 11 double-doubles and two triple-doubles across 66 appearances here in 2018-19, this compared to a combined 11 double-doubles and zero triple-doubles through his first six seasons (406 games).
Beal finished Friday's game against Charlotte with 15 points (4-21 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and a block over 41 minutes.
Beal simply couldn't find his shooting touch, as he shot just 19.0 percent from the field in a 112-111 loss on the road. He did everything in his power to keep his team in the game, however, racking up seven helpers and five steals. Beal turned in his lowest scoring total since Feb. 17, but he'll have a good chance to bounce back Saturday in Minnesota.
Beal finished with 30 points (11-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds and eight assists over 37 minutes Wednesday against Dallas.
Beal maintained his hot streak, as he's finished with 30 or more points in three of his previous five contests. He's been extremely efficient from the field over that stretch and is posting averages of 29.4 ppg along with 6.0 rpg and 6.4 apg while shooting 51.4 percent from the floor during that brief period of time.
Beal totaled 29 points (12-23 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block over 39 minutes in the Wizards' loss to the Celtics on Friday.
His scoring total broke a three-game stretch of 30-point games, but Beal once again led his team offensively and paced all scorers in Friday's matchup. After averaging 30.9 points per game in February, Beal is off to a strong start to open March.
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