"I wanted to help my teammates compete for a playoff spot in Orlando, but also understand that this will be best for all of us in the long term".
Because Beal is missing the restart due to injury, he will be paid for the regular season and Washington will not be able to sign a replacement player.
General manager Tommy Sheppard said Beal played through the rotator cuff injury for much of the season, but he and the team do not think it would be in his best interest to play again after the layoff.
The Wizards now sit at 24-40, 5.5 games out of the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, and the loss of Beal makes their uphill climb even more hard.
Beal was originally intending to join the team in Orlando. but will now stay home to focus on rehab.
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That team said that was shoulder discomfort Beal experienced early in the season that worsened over time. The shooting guard still managed to put some incredible numbers up though, averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game, while shooting 45% from the field and 35% from three point line.
Dinwiddie announced that he is still testing positive for coronavirus and won't participate.
Brooklyn is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and is solidly positioned for one of the conference's eight playoff spots. I will be supporting the guys every step of the way!
When the National Basketball Association season shut down March 11 after Utah's Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19, Beal was averaging 30.5 points per game, trailing only Houston's James Harden at 36.7.
Beal becomes the second player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 30 points in a season where he was not an All-Star.