Wizards Notes: Beal, Minutes, Playoffs

Bradley Beal will certainly attract attention this offseason when he is a restricted free agent, but his prior injuries have opposing teams worried, Chris Mannix of the Vertical on Yahoo Sports writes. “He’s one of the best pure shooters in the league,” a general manager told Mannix. “But I’m scared of him.”

Beal acknowledged earlier this month that he will probably have to deal with minute restrictions for the rest of his career, but his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Entertainment, is optimistic about Beal’s future. “It’s been frustrating for Brad because he’s a great competitor and he wants to be there for his teammates, his coaches,” Bartelstein said. “The good news is that we have got this thing figured out.”

Here’s more from Washington:

  • Bartelstein went into more specifics with Mannix about Beal’s plan going forward, noting that he’s taken measures that range from additional padding in his sneakers to more vitamin D in his diet. Beal, who took it slow as he returned from injury in December, has also tried to reduce the impact of the relatively high elevation of his jump when he shoots 3-pointers, as Mannix details.
  • The Wizards came away from Thursday’s player only meeting confident that they can turn this season around, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. The team is 21-24 on the season after Saturday’s win over the Rockets, sitting 2.5 games behind the Pistons for the eighth seed in the conference.

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