- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2023

Bradley Beal will play the Washington Wizards before he returns to the District.

The Wizards will face their former star next season on Dec. 17 when Washington kicks off a four-game road trip in Phoenix against the Suns. Beal, who was traded to the Suns this offseason, won’t make his return to the District until Sunday, Feb. 4 — when the Wizards host the Suns. 

Beal’s two games against his former team are among the highlights from Washington’s schedule, which was released Thursday along with every other NBA team. The Wizards’ campaign is set to be full of reunions as the Wizards dramatically reshaped their roster this summer under new President of Monumental Basketball Michael Winger.

Wizards guard Jordan Poole, for instance, makes his return to the Bay Area on Dec. 22 when the Wizards face the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. Washington acquired Poole as part of the Beal deal that rerouted point guard Chris Paul from Phoenix to Golden State. 

Former Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis, meanwhile, faces off against his former team just three games into Washington’s schedule when the Celtics come to town on Oct. 30. The Wizards face Boston four times next season.

Washington begins its 82-game campaign Oct. 25 at Indiana. Three days after facing the Pacers, the Wizards have their home opener against the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzlies — who will be without their star guard because of a suspension. 

Set for a rebuilding year, Washington only has one scheduled national TV appearance: Dec. 22 against Golden State. 

The full schedule:

Oct. 25: at Indiana Pacers
Oct. 28: Memphis Grizzlies
Oct. 30: Boston Celtics
Nov. 1: at Atlanta Hawks
Nov. 3: at Miami Heat (in-season tournament)
Nov. 6: at Philadelphia 76ers
Nov. 8: at Charlotte Hornets
Nov. 10: Charlotte Hornets (in-season tournament)
Nov. 12: at Brooklyn Nets
Nov. 13: at Toronto Raptors
Nov. 15: Dallas Mavericks
Nov. 17: New York Knicks (in-season tournament)
Nov. 20: Milwaukee Bucks
Nov. 22: at Charlotte Hornets
Nov. 24: at Milwaukee Bucks (in-season tournament)
Nov. 25: Atlanta Hawks
Nov. 27: Detroit Pistons
Nov. 29: at Orlando Magic
Dec. 1: at Orlando Magic
Dec. 11: at Philadelphia 76ers
Dec. 13: New Orleans Pelicans
Dec. 15: Indiana Pacers
Dec. 17: at Phoenix Suns
Dec. 18: at Sacramento Kings
Dec. 21: at Portland Trail Blazers
Dec. 22: at Golden State Warriors
Dec. 26: Orlando Magic
Dec. 27: Toronto Raptors
Dec. 29: Brooklyn Nets
Dec. 31: Atlanta Hawks
Jan. 3: at Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 5: at Cleveland Cavaliers
Jan. 6: New York Knicks
Jan. 8: Oklahoma City Thunder
Jan. 10: at Indiana Pacers
Jan. 13: at Atlanta Hawks
Jan. 15: Detroit Pistons
Jan. 18: at New York Knicks
Jan. 20: San Antonio Spurs
Jan. 21: Denver Nuggets
Jan. 24: Minnesota Timberwolves
Jan. 25: Utah Jazz
Jan. 27: at Detroit Pistons
Jan. 29: at San Antonio Spurs
Jan. 31: Los Angeles Clippers
Feb. 2: Miami Heat
Feb. 4: Phoenix Suns
Feb. 7: Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 9: at Boston Celtics
Feb. 10: Philadelphia 76ers
Feb. 12: at Dallas Mavericks
Feb. 14: at New Orleans Pelicans
Feb. 22: at Denver Nuggets
Feb. 23: at Oklahoma City Thunder
Feb. 25: Cleveland Cavaliers
Feb. 27: Golden State Warriors
Feb. 29: at Los Angeles Lakers
March 1: at Los Angeles Clippers
March 4: at Utah Jazz
March 6: Orlando Magic
March 8: Charlotte Hornets
March 10: at Miami Heat
March 12: at Memphis Grizzlies
March 14: at Houston Rockets
March 16: at Chicago Bulls
March 17: Boston Celtics
March 19:  Houston Rockets
March 21: Sacramento Kings
March 23: Toronto Raptors
March 25:  at Chicago Bulls
March 27: Brooklyn Nets
March 29: Detroit Pistons
March 31: Miami Heat
April 2: Milwaukee Bucks
April 3: Los Angeles Lakers
April 5: Portland Trail Blazers
April 7: Toronto Raptors
April 9: at Minnesota Timberwolves
April 12: Chicago Bulls
April 14: at Boston Celtics

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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