Southeast Notes: Beal, Bamba, Bogdanovic, Porzingis

More promising news regarding Bradley Beal‘s injury was revealed by Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr., who told The Athletic’s Josh Robbins (Twitter link) and other media members on Tuesday that Beal’s right hamstring injury is a low-grade strain.

Unseld is hopeful Beal might return at some point during the Wizards’ West Coast trip that begins on Dec. 14. The team announced on Monday that Beal would miss at least three games due to the injury he suffered against the Lakers on Sunday.

We have more from the Southeast Division:

  • Magic big man Mohamed Bamba is not on the injury report released by the team for Wednesday’s game against the Clippers, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel tweets. Bamba has not played the last five games due to back pain. With Wendell Carter Jr. still out due to a plantar fascia strain, Bamba could play significant minutes right off the bat. He’s averaging 8.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game.
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 17 points on Monday in his second game back after recovering from a knee injury. The Hawks’ wing still working on his conditioning, according to Aaron Wilson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I thought I would be more tired, more sore,” he said. “I feel really good; I feel like my old self. I did have heavy legs in the second half, all the shots, all these curls I usually make weren’t there. Just got to keep working.”
  • Kristaps Porzingis is on his third NBA team and he doesn’t want to join a fourth any time soon, according to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports. He holds a $36MM option on his contract for next season but wants to stay with the Wizards. “One hundred percent. One hundred percent. I love the city. I love the organization. People around the organization. And I love playing with Brad and these guys, Kuz (Kyle Kuzma),” Porzingis said. “You never know what happens in the future, but I’m enjoying my time here so far and hopefully I can stay here long term.”
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