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Wizards GM Does Not Expect John Wall back This Season

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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.

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

3 Comments for Wizards GM Does Not Expect John Wall back This Season

  1. nocode96
    7:32 pm February 9, 2020 Permalink

    This is the right move.

  2. JASUN74
    7:32 pm February 9, 2020 Permalink

    I agree with them. We’d all live to see him out there but it’s absolutely the right thing to do holding him out. Hopefully he comes back at ALL STAR level next season and plays the rest of his career injury free. It’s awful for any young man to be injured and not get to play the game they love. Especially when they’re on the level that they can make a living playing. Always Praying for John and all our Current and former players!!

  3. StuckinLville
    9:03 am February 10, 2020 Permalink

    Anyone else notice the Kentucky jersey tattooed on his arm? Awesome seeing former Cats reppin for the school. So many players could care less about their previous school when they get to the NBA; glad to see our boys aren’t like that.