Coach Wes Unseld Jr. said Beal tested positive for COVID-19 and is exhibiting some minor symptoms, tweets Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
Beal will return “upon receiving clearance under the current NBA guidelines,” the team added. Washington will wrap up the preseason Friday against the Knicks, so Beal may not play again until the regular season opener October 19.
The NBA revised its COVID-related protocols over the summer and now requires testing for vaccinated players only when they show symptoms of the virus. Unvaccinated players still must be tested once per week. Players are subject to isolation measures after a positive test.
Beal, who signed a five-year extension in July, has only appeared in one preseason game, scoring nine points in 18 minutes.