The Washington Wizards are set to receive some great news very soon. Their second year pro Bradley Beal has been out of action since April 3rd, and according to the Washington Post, he will be returning to basketball activities July 1st.
Beal enjoyed a fantastic rookie season posting averages of 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in just over 31 minutes. He finished third in NBA Rookie of the Year behind New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.
At 19 years old, Beal’s ceiling as a pro is sky high. He is thought of so highly, in fact, that he was one of the players invited to Team USA’s camp this summer out in Las Vegas. Both Beal and point guard John Wall were selected from the Wizards to partake in the camp.
It is still too early to say whether Beal will be ready for summer league, but again, that’s not exactly the most necessary offseason activity. He should be back on the court this summer getting himself back into top basketball shape for this next year.
Beal and Wall could take their Wizards further than some may think next season. After Wall came back from his injury last season, the Wizards were actually quite a pleasant surprise. Depending on what the team does in the upcoming NBA Draft, Washington could contend for the last and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
At the NBA Draft Lottery, Beal said he was “bored” without being able to play basketball. Well, that boredom appears to be almost over.