Bradley Beal pulls out of NBA restart with shoulder injury


When the Wizards resume play of the 2019-20 regular season, they will do so without their leading scorer, Bradley Beal.

The Wizards announced on Tuesday that Beal would not participate in the NBA's season restart in Orlando due to a right rotator cuff injury, a decision that was made in agreement with Wizards team doctors and Beal's agent.

"Bradley did everything possible to be ready to play, but after closely monitoring his individual workouts we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to sit out the upcoming games in Orlando and avoid the risk of further injury," said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard.

"Although he was able to play through the majority of the season with the injury, the layoff from March until now did not leave any of us feeling comfortable that he would have enough time to be ready to perform at the extremely high level we are all accustomed to seeing and agreed that not participating in the games in Orlando was the right decision," he said.

The Wizards will now resume play without Beal, Davis Bertans – who similarly pulled out last month as a preventative measure, as he's slated to become a free agent after the season – or John Wall, who many believe to be recovered from a ruptured left Achilles he suffered in Feb. 2019, but will remain sidelined until next season out of an abundance of caution.

"This was a difficult decision and one that I did not take lightly as the leader of this team," Beal said. "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. I appreciate the support of my teammates, the fans and the entire organization and look forward to returning next season to continue the progress we have made."

The Wizards face astronomical odds of securing a playoff spot when the season resumes with 22 teams, needing to come within four games of the eighth-placed Magic in order to qualify for a play-in game. They trail Orlando by 5.5 games and will have only eight regular-season seeding games to close the gap.

Beal first experienced discomfort in his shoulder early in the 2019-20 season and worked with team medical staff to manage the pain. The symptoms worsened over the course of the hiatus, the Wizards say, as Beal began to rehab the injury with the intent of returning to play.

Beal will not travel with the Wizards to Orlando, staying back, instead, to continue his rehab over the summer.