A rough rookie season from an injury standpoint will finally come to an end for Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, who will miss the remainder of the season with a stress injury to his right fibula, the team announced on Wednesday.
Beal is expected to be sidelined from basketball activities for approximately six weeks.
The latest injury will cost Beal the final eight games of the year, which will make a total of 26 games he’s been forced to miss due to injury — 11 due to a sprained left ankle, five due to a sprained right wrist and two due to a sore back. according to the team’s official release.
Beal was the third overall pick in last summer’s draft, and averaged 13.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while playing 31.2 minutes per game. He had eight points and five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench in the Wizards’ 90-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.