Coach Wes Unseld Jr. mentioned Beal examined optimistic for COVID-19 and is exhibiting some minor signs, tweets Chase Hughes of NBC Sports activities Washington.
Beal will return “upon receiving clearance beneath the present NBA tips,” the group added. Washington will wrap up the preseason Friday in opposition to the Knicks, so Beal could not play once more till the common season opener October 19.
The NBA revised its COVID-related protocols over the summer time and now requires testing for vaccinated gamers solely once they present signs of the virus. Unvaccinated gamers nonetheless have to be examined as soon as per week. Gamers are topic to isolation measures after a optimistic take a look at.
Beal, who signed a five-year extension in July, has solely appeared in a single preseason sport, scoring 9 factors in 18 minutes.