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Wizards star Bradley Beal’s return date after missing game due to COVID-19 contact tracing, revealed

Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, Wizards COVID-19

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be available to play on Monday against the Phoenix Suns, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

The 27-year-old star missed Saturday’s 128-124 home loss to the Miami Heat due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. According to a report by ESPN, Beal was placed there as a result of contact tracing with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. After Friday’s loss to the Celtics, Beal was seen having an on-court conversation with Tatum—and the next day, Tatum tested positive for COVID-19.

Nevertheless, getting back Beal is certainly some good news for the Wizards organization. In the past 24 hours, the Wizards have gotten nothing but bad news. On Sunday morning, the Wizards announced that center Thomas Bryant will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season due to a torn ACL. Then the Wizards announced that Russell Westbrook will miss his second consecutive game on Monday due to a quad injury he suffered against the Boston Celtics.

With Beal back in the lineup, the Wizards will be seeking to snap their three-game losing streak against the Suns on Monday, who currently own the best record in the Western Conference.

Beal, who’s currently playing in his ninth season in the NBA, is averaging a career-high 35.0 points per game, which is the highest in the league. He’s also shooting a career-high 48 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.

Tip-off on Monday against the Suns is slated for 7 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.