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Bradley Beal won’t play in every preseason game for Wizards

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks says shooting guard Bradley Beal won’t play in every preseason game.

Beal is going to play a lot of minutes for the Wizards during the regular season, so Brooks might as well rest his star guard in meaningless contests.

Bradley Beal averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season for the Wizards while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line. He played roughly 37 minutes a night, which ranked first in the NBA.

Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear. Washington wants to remain competitive in the wide-open Eastern Conference sans Wall, and keeping Beal allows them to do that.

Multiple reports have stated the Wizards aren’t interested in trading Beal.

Beal currently has two years left on his contract with the Wizards. Washington has offered him an extension worth around $112 million, but Beal has yet to inform the team whether he will sign the extension or not.

Under his current contract, Beal will make $27.1 million this season and $28.8 million in 2020-21. The sharpshooter can make more money next summer if he makes one of the All-NBA teams this season.