Washington Wizards franchise point guard John Wall is set to have "season-ending" surgery which will leave the 5-time All-Star sidelined for 6 to 8 months.
It was an already disappointing season for the Wizards who entered the 2018-19 year with strong expectations and sights on a playoff run. However, that's all put to an end with John Wall set to undergo surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, a procedure that will keep Wall off the court for 6 to 8 months. This really sucks! It's been a car collision like year for the Wizards with little to nothing going on for them. Washington currently sits at 13-23, 4.5 games out of playoff contention and 5.0 games back from the 17-17 Southeast division leading Charlotte Hornets. No runaways in that part of the league to say the least. However, despite the fact that the Southeast division stinks, there's no reason to jepordize the future of one of the league's most electrifying guards by risking further injury for an already tank-like season.
Again, this really sucks to see. Wall was on track for a very strong season despite his supporting cast holding the entire team back. In 32 games played he averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 8.7 assists on 44.4% shooting. Now comes the question for the front office- what's next? The Wizards have a hefty pay-day kicking in for Wall come next season after he signed his "supermax" contract extension.
The contract goes as so:
- 18/19: $19,169,800
- 19/20: $38,150,000
- 20/21: $41,202,000
- 21/22: $44.254,000
- 22/23: $47,306,000 (player option)
Remember, last season Wall was limited to just 41 games due to left knee surgery, a procedure he'd undergone on both knees back in 2016.
The Wizards off-season moves have already backfired prior to the discovery of Wall's heel injury. They parted ways with Austin Rivers who's now in Houston and recently gave the Rockets solid production against the Boston Celtics a few nights back. Then there's the biggest question mark in the sport of basketball today, Dwight Howard. He's under contract until the end of next season and has played just 9 games since being signed. This all introduces another big question for the Wizards... what do they do about Bradley Beal? He's only 26 and has had one of the strongest seasons of his career. In 36 games played he's averaging 23.8 points with 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Beal is also shooting 47.4% from the field. However, the playoff success between the Wall/Beal duo is very underwhelming. Hopes seem to be high every season in WasbinWash, but the Wizards never produce. Last season it only took 6 games for the Wizards to be eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. A lot of questions are on the table for Washington in the coming months. For now, Wizards fans can keep their fingers crossed and gather in prayer for the Zion Williamson sweepstakes.