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Wizards' Beal breaks wrist, could be out 6-8 weeks

POSTED: Oct 12, 2014 5:00 PM ET

By David Aldridge

BY David Aldridge

TNT Analyst

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Bradley Beal Injury

Rick Kamla reports that Bradley Beal could miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his left wrist in Friday's loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The Washington Wizards, expected to compete for a top spot in the Eastern Conference this season, suffered a major blow to their hopes of a quick start with the loss of guard Bradley Beal, who could miss as much as six to eight weeks after breaking his left wrist, according to league sources. The Wizards expect Beal will undergo surgery in the next few days.

Beal suffered the injury during Friday night's exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets, after Hornets swingman P.J. Hairston fouled him in the first quarter. The Wizards initially diagnosed the injury as a sprained wrist, but an examination Saturday detailed a small fracture in the wrist.

Beal's agent, Mark Bartlestein, said Saturday via text that Beal hoped he could avoid surgery and was waiting for final results from physicians in evaluating the scope of the injury.

The 21-year-old Beal, who averaged more than 17 points a game last season, is one of the Wizards' key players. Along with point guard John Wall, Beal was expected to lead Washington -- 44-38 last season, with a first-round playoff series win against Chicago before falling in six games to Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals -- to even bigger results this season.

A source says Beal did not suffer nerve damage in his wrist or have any displacement in the wrist, injuries that would have kept him out much longer than the current expected prognosis.

With Beal out, and veteran Martell Webster still recovering from offseason back surgery, the Wizards would have to turn to Glen Rice Jr., the second-year guard who was the MVP of the Samsung Summer League in Las Vegas this summer, or young veterans like Garrett Temple or Xavier Silas.

The Wizards currently have 14 players under contract, and would be able to add a veteran two guard on a temporary basis if Beal indeed misses significant time. The only vet in which Washington has significant interest at the moment is Ray Allen, who has yet to sign with a team and remains a free agent. Allen's agent, Jim Tanner, shot down reports earlier this week that Allen was about to sign with the Cavaliers, where he would re-join former Miami teammates LeBron James and Mike Miller.

The Wizards are likely to intensify their pursuit of Allen with Beal out, thought Allen seems to be in no hurry to make a decision on whether he will play this season, or for whom he would play if he does.