WASHINGTON -- Satchel will have more from John Wall's max-contract press conference later tonight, but there was some unrelated news mentioned afterwards. After four months, Bradley Beal was finally cleared to go full contact after his stress injury in his right fibula, according to both Randy Wittman and Ernie Grunfeld.
"He has been working hard the last month, but he hadn't been in game shape. Obviously, it's one thing to do drills, it's another to do it in a game-type situation. But now he's cleared for full contact," Grunfeld said.
Beal has been working out at the Verizon Center this week with, at different points, Wall, Otto Porter, Glen Rice Jr. and Kevin Seraphin. Wittman said he functionally has been healthy enough to do workouts since July, and he will continue to develop his ball-handling and pick and roll game to potentially use Wall off the ball more, depending on how training camp goes.
"I'm going to try to initiate some of that, see if [Wall] can handle something like that," Wittman said. "Bradley's, since the first of July, has been able to get back full blow and we've been able to get him where, up until July, he was kind of limited in what he could do on the floor with us. But now, he's been here all week."
Other quick notes, some of which will also be covered later:
- Some have asked about Wall's desire to work with Gary Payton this summer. Since we hadn't heard anything about it, I asked Wall where that stood following the press conference, and Wall said he's still planning to visit him, likely along with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard. "I think I'm going to go down there sometime before I come back here in August, try to get a week or two in. I've been talking with Dame and he's going to tell me when he's going down there."
- Both Wittman and Grunfeld said they are still exploring more deals for the rest of the summer. Wall said that he's happy with the roster as well. "Two or three veterans would be alright, and a Stretch 4 still would be great to have, but I feel like our team will still be able to do what we need to do to make the playoffs," he added when pressed.
- Two non-jump shot skills Wall is working to incorporate next year: a floater and a post-up game. "Hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to post up this year."
- Ted Leonsis said during the press conference he visited Wall and agent Dan Fegan in July to stress the importance of focusing on team goals once the max contract extension was finalized. Afterwards, he elaborated. "The discussion was, I want to make sure I hear from you that this won't amp up your personal goals, but that it'll be more about team goals."
- His line afterwards on why the Wizards got this deal done now rather than waiting: "If there's an inevitability to what you have to do, why not turn it into a positive?"
- Wall is going to donate $1 million to a variety of charities, which are still being decided.
- There was lots of talk about showing free agents that D.C. took care of its own, and Wall discussed using the relationships he's made with other players in a good way. Satchel will have more on this.
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