Former Kentucky guard John Wall nearly found himself in South Beach last year.
According to former NBA player and current analyst Brian Scalabrine, the Washington Wizards were prepared to send Wall to the Miami Heat at the trade deadline this past season.
After putting the frameworks of a deal together, though, Wall ruptured his Achilles on February 5, just two days before the deadline. At that point, the trade was called off.
“The John Wall situation is a disaster in Washington,” said Brian Scalabrine on The Sports Junkies. “I had word that the Wizards had a deal to trade him to the Miami Heat at the deadline, but his Achilles popped a month before.”
Wall, who signed a four-year, $169.3 million “supermax” contract extension that is set to begin next season, averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games for the Wizards before sitting out the rest of the year.
Prior to the Achilles injury, the 28-year-old guard was already expected to miss six to eight months following his surgery to remove bone spurs from his left heel on January 8.
The Wizards originally announced that the five-time NBA All-Star and the 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick was expected to miss 12 months from the time of his surgery, which took place on February 12. That would set his return date for right around the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend, which will take place from February 14-16 in Chicago.
Wall is already training in hopes of making a return next season:
Less than four months after surgery to repair his ruptured Achiles, John Wall is back training (via flaveforreal/IG) pic.twitter.com/3eSrfwxIL8
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) May 25, 2019
It won’t be with the Heat next season, but hopefully Wall can make a full recovery and return back to form sooner rather than later.