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Bradley Beal to travel with Wizards, unsure if he will play

Bradley Beal, Wizards

The Washington Wizards are holding their breath, knowing their star Bradley Beal could soon make a decision of whether or not he’ll take on the restart alongside his team. Head coach Scott Brooks said there’s been “no final decision” on the matter but noted Beal’s choice will depend on his conditioning.

Brooks noted that “his physical condition is looking pretty good,” but “we’re not gonna put our players at risk if they’re not ready to play in an NBA game.”

According to Fred Katz of The Athletic, Beal plans to travel with the team when it takes off for Orlando on Tuesday, but there hasn’t been word if he plans to play or not.

Beal is the league’s second-leading scorer and one of the most menacing offensive players in the NBA. Yet his Wizards have the second-longest odds to make the playoffs, sitting 5.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth spot. Only the Phoenix Suns have a longer road to travel, standing six games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies out West.

It seems strange for Beal to make the trip to Orlando unless he’s willing to play. There’s simply too much risk in traveling to another state alone just for the sake of a glorified sideline cheerleader.

Beal’s decision might not be official yet, but the fact that he’s willing to go wheels up means he’s leaning toward playing. That willingness, however, can change if the Wizards lose the first string of games, effectively putting themselves out of playoff contention.