It’s been the plan since the beginning of the season and the Washington Wizards don’t appear to be backing off from it. John Wall is not expected to play at all this season.
According to NBC Sports, Wizards general manager Tommy Shepard said that Wall is rehabbing well, but “not close yet.”
“I think we have maintained that all along. We didn’t plan on seeing him [Wall] this year. I think that’s fair to John, to manage the expectations for him,” Sheppard said, according to NBC Sports. “He’s on his way, but he’s not there and he’s not close yet. He’s a lot closer than he was a year ago when the injury happened.”
Wall has not played an NBA game since the day after Christmas back in 2018. He is almost a year removed from the surgery to repair his Achilles that has forced him to the sideline ever since. The former Kentucky guard is currently in the first season of his four-year, $171 million max contract he signed in July of 2017.
The nine-year pro is still a valuable piece to the Wizards future and they should have no issue sidelining him until next season. While Wall has been active in pregame shootarounds, running around the court and throwing down dunks, the Wizards are currently 18-32 and 2.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
— Greydy J. Diaz (@GreydyDiaz) February 2, 2020
John Wall is definitely looking healthy?pic.twitter.com/HJzAIGwkFl
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 4, 2020
Bringing back Wall early to try and make a last-ditch run for the final playoff spot just to get swept by the Milwaukee Bucks is pointless. They might as well hold out their expensive point guard as long as possible to ensure he’s 110 percent for next season.
Sorry, folks. But no John Wall this season.