Russell Westbrook will not play in back-to-back games in the upcoming season, Scott Brooks told reporters Sunday, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
The Wizards are going to protect their star from potential injuries. The 32-year-old explosive point guard is extremely durable, but has undergone several surgeries on his right knee.
Washington acquired Westbrook from Houston for longtime Wizards guard John Wall and a future first-round pick. He averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 boards, and seven assists across 57 appearances for the Rockets last season.
Westbrook has three more years in his contract, worth $131 million. The Wizards will have to prevent any serious injuries with the 2016 MVP being in his early thirties.
With legit online casinos constantly updating their NBA odds, the Wizards are likely to become a betting favorite to enter the playoff picture with Beal and Westbrook back in full health.
The veteran superstar has yet to make his debut with his new team.