Beal's summer league participation in doubt

Beal's summer league participation in doubt
June 25, 2013, 6:30 pm
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More than a month after he was supposed to be cleared by the Wizards to return to full basketball-related activities, Bradley Beal still hasn't resumed full workouts and that puts his availability to play in the summer league in doubt.

The Wizards will be among 21 other teams to participate in the July 12-22 tournament in Las Vegas which will crown a champion for the first time. 

After the Wizards complete the draft Thursday -- they have the Nos. 3, 38 and 54 picks available -- they'll set the roster. Rookies, free-agent hopefuls and inexperienced players such as Beal, who will be 20 on Friday, usually participate. 

Ever since tests showed that Beal had a stress injury to the small bone in his lower right leg, he has been on the shelf. He has been allowed to resume some activity, but Beal's last game action was April 2 in a win against the Chicago Bulls.

“Brad has gotten clearance to do a lot more work. He’s picked up his activity level. He hasn't been cleared to go full contact. We’re not going to rush anything,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said Tuesday. “There’s no urgency to push him. We’re definitely going to take a very cautious approach with him.”

Beal missed 26 games with various injuries, including sprains to his left ankle and right shooting wrist. Playing on the bad left ankle led to the stress injury in his right leg. 

Beal accepted an invite from USA Basketball to participate in a camp, which would commence after summer league play concludes, along with teammate John Wall. His status for that is unclear. 

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