Bradley Beal already will not be playing in Summer League, and it now sounds like he's out for the Team USA minicamp from July 22-25 as well. Beal revealed to Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan that he likely won't play much in the minicamp in Las Vegas, though he will attend.
"I probably won't be able to do anything, but hopefully I'll be able to participate in some drills or something like that and try to do as much as I can," he said.
Beal is "100 percent" cleared for running and shooting following a stress injury in his left fibula, but it sounds like he'll sit out the minicamp because the Wizards are being extra cautious with him as he rebuilds the stamina needed to compete in a full-contact situation. At least that's what general manager Ernie Grunfeld said during his press conference Thursday.
"We want to be very cautious with this. We want to take our time and make sure he's 100 percent," Grunfeld said, via Monumental Network. "He is right now. He's running, shooting, cutting. We just haven't had him play in game-type situations because his stamina isn't there at this time. It's a process."
Earlier in the radio interview, Beal admitted he rushed back from other injuries too soon last season, which reportedly helped cause the stress injury in his fibula. He has been sidelined since early April with the fibula injury.
"There was times where I probably came back a little too early," Beal said. "Just me being hardheaded and always want to compete and not take care of my body. That's just my mentality, but I think I did definitely [come back] a little too early, maybe like a week or two too early. So for future references, I'm definitely not going to do that anymore."
Later in the interview, Beal said he's going to spend the rest of his summer working on creating offense in isolation situations and helping to relieve John Wall and run pick and roll.
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