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Bradley Beal to miss 5th straight game for Wizards, out vs. Hawks

Bradley Beal, Wizards

The Washington Wizards will be without Bradley Beal on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks for the fifth consecutive game.

Beal is still dealing with leg soreness:

In 31 games this season with the Wizards, Bradley Beal is averaging 27.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists. The two-time All-Star is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The Wizards are only 12-25 on the season and not expected to make the playoffs, so the team will be cautious with Beal’s health moving forward.

Beal signed a two-year, $72 million contract extension with the team before the season started. He is now guaranteed $130 million over four seasons.

Beal’s new deal with the Wizards contains a player option for the 2022-2023 season. The sharpshooter would be eligible to sign a five-year, $266 million contract with Washington in the summer of 2022 if he declines that player option.

Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season with the Wizards while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor, 35.1 percent from the 3-point line and 80.8 percent from the charity stripe. He’s the best player in Washington since All-Star point guard John Wall is likely going to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign recovering from his Achilles tear.