"This was a hard decision and one that I did not take lightly as the leader of this team", Beal said as part of a statement released Tuesday by the Wizards. Beal will not travel with the team to Florida.
Beal's Wizards co-star John Wall, who hasn't played at all in 2019-20, will also skip the restart to focus on rehabilitation.
Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won't take part in the restart of the National Basketball Association season, two significant absences in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The team sits 5.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
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The Wizards, 24-40, have a tough fight to catch Brooklyn (30-34) or Orlando (30-35) to reach the playoffs from the eight games they will play in the Orlando bubble.
Separately, Taurean Prince, a Brooklyn Nets power forward, tested positive for the novel coronavirus and will be out for the National Basketball Association restart, ESPN senior National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted. The Wizards are now ninth in the East, five-and-a-half games behind Orlando for the eighth seed, but due to the new restart rules, they'd only have to get within two games of eighth to force a play-in series.
Since the NBA-ABA Merger, the only players to average more points than Beal after the All-Star Break are Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. I will be supporting the guys every step of the way!
Beal was enjoying a career-year in Washington, sitting second in the league in scoring (30.4 points), a career-high, to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists, also a career-high.