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May 26, 2020 01:36 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Reiterates healthy status
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During a conference call with the media on Tuesday, Wall (Achilles) once again reiterated that he feels "110 percent" healthy, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

Over the last few months, Wall has spoken openly about his progress as he works back from the torn Achilles tendon that's shelved him since midway through the 2018-19 season. While he once again stated that he feels healthier than ever, Wall and the Wizards remain aligned in the stance that the point guard will not play if the 2019-20 season resumes. The timeline is still very much up in the air, of course, but the goal is for Wall to return to action to begin the 2020-21 campaign.

May 21, 2020 09:08 AM
Wizards' John Wall: Confident in progress
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In a recent interview with 247Sports, Wall (Achilles) expressed confidence in his game as he continues to work back from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December of 2018, but he's gradually worked his way back toward full strength and is confident that he'll be able to return to playing at an All-Star level. "The sky is the limit," Wall said. "This is the healthiest I will have been, damn near my whole NBA career. That's why I took my time, that's why I didn't want to come back this season and be on a minutes restriction and try to do all of that. I just wanted to make sure I'm fully healthy, my body is where I want it to be and prepare for next season." Prior to the suspension of the NBA season, Wall had been practicing with the Wizards' G League affiliate and going through 5-on-5 scrimmages without restriction. Wall also noted that he's spent time improving his jumpshot, which has been an on-and-off issue since he entered the league in 2010-11. Wall implied that the injury -- as well as bone spurs in his ankle -- contributed to his at times inconsistent shooting. "People don't even know that sometimes when going full speed and then trying to stop was the worst, it was like somebody stabbed me with a knife in my heel and twisting it," Wall said. "It was so bad but like me just being able to take time off and get fully healthy. When I shoot one-dribble pull-ups and run and do certain things, it doesn't bother me at all; I just feel free."

April 19, 2020 05:44 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Won't play in 2019-20
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Wall (Achilles) confirmed Thursday during an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" program that he won't suit up for the Wizards in 2019-20 if or when the suspended season resumes, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.

General manager Tommy Sheppard said a week earlier that Wall wouldn't be available to play following the NBA hiatus, but it's at least good to know that the point guard is on the same page with the front office with regard to his rehab from surgery to repair his left Achilles' tendon. Wall said in his TV appearance Thursday that he's continuing to work out on the basketball court and in the gym at his home, and noted that he currently weighs in at 212 pounds, about seven more pounds than his ideal playing weight. With no word that he's experienced any setbacks since undergoing surgery 14 months ago, Wall is expected to be in playing shape by the time training camp for the 2020-21 season begins.

April 2, 2020 04:24 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Practiced with G League team
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Prior to the suspension of the season, Wall (Achilles) had been practicing with the Wizards' G League affiliate, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

The plan all along was for Wall to sit out the entirety of the 2019-20 season, but, according to Katz, the five-time All-Star was quietly cleared for contact behind the scenes. Wall had been scrimmaging with the Capital City Go-Go roughly every three days prior to the shutdown, playing 20-to-25 minutes per scrimmage. "You want a highly competitive deal, so we sort of decided with John, it was time to play with the Go-Go (and) practice," Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said. "And when we can, we'd have a scrimmage for him. It's just been wonderful. It validates our process we have in place, to be able to utilize the Go-Go for so many functions to help the Wizards. And for them, I think those kids were freakin' thrilled to play with John." By all accounts, Wall was beginning to look like his old self in practices, with G League teammates praising his athleticism and competitiveness. "You always wonder (when) someone comes off an injury like that, how they (are going to) come back," Go-Go point guard Jerian Grant said. "He's been scrimmaging with us, and he's coast to coast in two seconds. So he looks really good. ... Still playing the way he was playing before the injuries." According to Go-Go coach Ryan Richman, Wall appeared to be in good physical shape. "He looks slim. He looks really good," Richman said. "If we didn't take him out, he'd just go the whole time."

March 25, 2020 02:04 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Not expected back if NBA returns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wall (Achilles) isn't expected to take the court for the Wizards if the NBA resumes this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

Multiple members of the organization had already implied that Wall won't play in 2019-20, and the NBA's ongoing suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic apparently hasn't changed that line of thinking. Buckner notes that Wall has looked good in controlled environments during his recovery, but the league's suspension has left the point guard unable to simulate the intensity of his usual rehab workouts due to social distancing requirements. Team doctors would advise against quickly throwing him into games if the season resumed.

March 8, 2020 04:12 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Scrimmaging in G League
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Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard acknowledged Sunday in a Reddit "AMA" session that Wall (Achilles) has been scrimmaging with the G League's Capital City Go-Go of late, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports. "We see John scrimmage with the Go-Go, we see him at practice with the Wizards. And while the rust is still there, there's plenty of signs that point to a full recovery," Sheppard posted.

The Wizards have yet to officially rule Wall out for the season, but the point guard's own comments on the matter and nearly everything team officials have said about the situation to date suggest he won't be back before Washington wraps up its 2019-20 slate in mid-April. The fact that Wall is taking part in on-court work just over a year after requiring surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon bodes well for his chances of being free of restrictions once training camp arrives next fall, but Washington will presumably wait and see how he progresses over the summer before commenting on his outlook heading into 2020-21. Wall, who will turn 30 in September, is owed north of $40 million over the next two seasons, and his long-term extension also includes a $47.37 million player option for the 2022-23 campaign.

February 25, 2020 04:08 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Not expected back this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

At a recent team event, Wall (Achilles) implied that he never anticipated returning during the 2019-20 season, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

While all indications are that Wall continues to make progress in his return from a torn left Achilles, the expectation remains that he will not be back on the floor at any point this season. When asked about that possibility, Wall told reporters: "[sitting out the season] was my plan from the start." Wall went on to note that he talked to close friend DeMarcus Cousins, who also suffered a torn Achilles, and Cousins told him that one year of rehab was not sufficient. Wall has not played since Dec. 26, 2018 but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season.

January 23, 2020 02:48 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Takes part in 5-on-5 work
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Wall (Achilles) said Wednesday that he took part in 5-on-5 scrimmaging in Miami, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

Curiously, Wall's on-court workout didn't come during a Wizards practice; instead, the point guard scrimmaged with several ex-Heat players, including former lottery picks Amar'e Stoudemire and Michael Beasley. According to Wall, it was the first time that he had taken part in a 5-on-5 workout since he underwent a pair of surgeries last January to repair his ruptured left Achilles' tendon. While the activity marks a significant step forward in the rehab process for Wall, the expectation remains that he'll be sidelined for the entire 2019-20 campaign, even though the Wizards have refused to officially rule him out for the season.

January 19, 2020 12:40 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Practices with teammates
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Coach Scott Brooks said that Wall (Achilles) took part in "controlled" 4-on-4 scrimmaging during Sunday's practice, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

Additionally, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington notes that Wall saw involvement in 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 drills during the practice session. The activity represents a meaningful step forward in Wall's lengthy recovery from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon, as the five-time All-Star had previously only been cleared to practice with the Wizards' training staff rather than his healthy teammates. While Brooks said that he hasn't ruled Wall out from playing in 2019-20, any late-season return would likely come with a significant minute restriction. At 13-28, the Wizards are well off the pace for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and don't have much incentive to push Wall to return from a serious injury this season.

January 12, 2020 07:20 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Won't rush return
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Wall (Achilles) has begun participating in 3-on-3 drills but is still likely to miss the entire season, Mike DePrisco of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Despite Wall looking good in the drills, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard repeated the refrain that the 29-year-old would not return "unless he's 100 percent healthy". It has been 11-months since Wall initially underwent surgery on the torn Achilles, and with the Wizards not likely to contend this year, it makes sense to assure their star's health so as not to risk future seasons.

September 30, 2019 10:48 AM
Wizards' John Wall: Still no timetable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Scott Brooks said Wall (Achilles) will not return to the court until he's "ready to play 100 percent," Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

This isn't exactly a groundbreaking quote from Brooks, but it sounds as though neither he nor the Wizards have much of a timetable for Wall's return. While Brooks said he's not resigned to the fact that Wall will miss the entire season, the star guard is working back from a major injury that typically requires nearly a full calendar year of recovery. "I don't know if he's going to play this year," Brooks admitted. "There's a good chance he misses most of the season, if not all of the season."

July 23, 2019 02:32 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Unlikely to play in 2019-20
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Wizards managing partner Ted Leonsis said Monday that he doesn't expect Wall (Achilles) to play for the team at any point in the 2019-20 season, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. "Our highest-paid player, our five-time All-Star, may not play at all next year. He probably won't play at all next year," Leonsis said, when asked about Wall's outlook.

Wall ruptured his left Achilles' tendon back in February and required surgery, a procedure that typically requires at least 11 months of recovery time. Given that Wall had already undergone surgery a month beforehand to address the chronic Achilles' issue, the Wizards seem content to have him proceed slowly with his rehab rather than considering a potential return to action after the All-Star break. The Wizards could change their stance if the team finds itself in playoff contention and Wall has healed quicker than anticipated, but the team has some extra incentive not to bring the 28-year-old back in 2019-20. Wall is due $37.8 million next season in the first year of his supermax contract, but the insurance policy the Wizards took out for the point guard before signing him would allow the team to recoup 80 percent of his salary.

June 25, 2019 12:52 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Progressing in rehab
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Wall (Achilles) is progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, Ryan Homler of NBC Sports Washington reports. "I feel great, man," Wall said at Monday night's NBA Awards. "I'm doing a great job with my body, taking care of that."

The All-Star is still facing a length road to recovery, and the expectation remains that he'll miss much of the 2019-20 season after sitting out 50 games in 2018-19. Wall revealed that he plans to begin jogging within the next few weeks, and he's already to progressed to isolated movements like ladder steps and stand-up exercises. Even so, the former No. 1 overall pick cautioned that he won't attempt to come back before his body is fully ready. "Just taking my time and progressing and letting everything heal the right way so I don't force myself back and get another injury," Wall said.

April 10, 2019 04:52 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Unsure of status for 2019-20
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Wall (Achilles) admitted Tuesday that he's not entirely sure whether he'll be able to play at any point in the 2019-20 season, the Associated Press reports. "I have no idea just yet. That's my goal...That's my mindset, where I'm pushing toward,'' he said. "But whenever the doctors clear me and get to that point, then I will know.''

Wall appeared in 32 games before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left heel in January. While recovering from that procedure, he ruptured his Achilles' tendon on the same foot in February when he fell at his home, an incident that required another surgery. Wall received a loose 12-month timeline for his recovery following the second surgery, which would essentially rule him out through at least the All-Star break next season. Even if Wall's rehab proceeds without any notable setbacks, the Wizards may prefer to have the star point guard turn his attention to getting fully healthy in advance of the 2020-21 campaign rather than playing only a handful of late-season games next spring.

February 12, 2019 10:32 AM
Wizards' John Wall: Given 12-month timetable
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Wall underwent surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles on Tuesday and will be out for 12 months, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Even after undergoing the procedure, the Wizards are sticking with their initial recovery timetable for 12 months, which means the point guard likely won't be able to return to taking part in basketball activities until after the 2020 All-Star break. Thomas Satoransky will continue operating as Washington's starting point guard through the end of this regular season in Wall's absence.

February 9, 2019 03:48 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Surgery slated for Tuesday
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Wall is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair his ruptured left Achilles' tendon, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.

Already sidelined for the rest of the 2018-19 season after undergoing surgery in Jan. 8 to address chronic pain in the same left heel, Wall will now require a more intricate procedure to fix the ruptured tendon. The upcoming surgery is expected to carry an 11-to-15-month recovery timeline, making it likely that Wall misses most if not all of the 2019-20 campaign. Tomas Satoransky has emerged as the Wizards' starting point guard and must-own fantasy player since Wall was shut down, and it's now increasingly likely that Washington looks to re-sign the 27-year-old when he hits free agency in July.

February 5, 2019 01:28 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Requires surgery for torn Achilles
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Wall is set to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, which he suffered after slipping and falling in his home. The point guard is expected to return to basketball activity in roughly 12 months.

Wall was already on the shelf after undergoing surgery in early January to address a chronic Achilles/heel issue, and this latest development will push back his timetable even further and will likely keep him out for most -- if not all -- of the upcoming season. It's a crushing development for the Wizards, who had initially hoped to have Wall back around the start of training camp, but with the surgery slated for next week, the point guard likely won't be back on the practice floor until around the 2019-20 All-Star break, per Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. While the five-time All-Star has been productive when healthy, the extension he signed in the summer of 2017 now represents a significant albatross for Washington, as Wall is set to earn an average of $42.3 million over the next four seasons, the final of which carries a colossal $46.9 million player option.

January 9, 2019 11:56 AM
Wizards' John Wall: Undergoes surgery Tuesday
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Wall underwent surgery Tuesday to address his left heel injury, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports.

As was reported a little over a week ago, Wall's procedure will carry a recovery timetable of 6-to-8 months and officially ends his season. Tomas Satoransky has taken over as the Wizards' starting point guard while Wall has been sidelined for the past six games, averaging 12.2 points (on 48.2 percent shooting from the field), 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 32.2 minutes per contest during that stretch. Wall should be back to full strength for training camp in advance of the 2019-20 season.

December 29, 2018 08:56 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Season-ending surgery imminent
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Wall will undergo season-ending surgery next week to address a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

Wall has been dealing with heel pain for the past few years, and it's finally reached a point where the star point guard will go under the knife to resolve the issue. The six-to-eight month timetable means Wall will be out for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign and will still be rehabbing over the summer with hopes of being completely healthy heading into his age 28 season. While he's out of the lineup, Tomas Satoransky will presumably be the Wizards' starting point guard and is worth a pickup in most fantasy formats. Bradley Beal should also see a noticable bump in usage. Despite playoff aspirations, Washington finds themselves 10 games under .500 and the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference prior to Saturday's games. Trade rumors regarding Beal and Otto Porter Jr. were prominent earlier in the year when the team was slow out of the gate, and it seems more likely than ever that the pair will be floated out in offers.

December 29, 2018 03:20 PM
Wizards' John Wall: Contemplating season-ending surgery
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Wall (heel) is contemplating surgery, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports. If he were to go through with the procedure, Wall would be sidelined for six-to-eight months.

This is a serious development for Wall and the Wizards, who have clear playoff aspirations following the offseason signing of Dwight Howard and the recent trade for veteran wing Trevor Ariza. It's not immediately clear what kind of recovery Wall would go through should he not elect for surgery, but he's been periodically missing games since early December. If the point guard chooses to go under the knife, his season would essentially be over. In that case, Tomas Satoransky would presumably take over as Washington's starting point guard.

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