By Michael Donovan
There is actually news to report about the Wizards’ long-lost John Wall.
Per Fred Katz of The Athletic, Wall has been going through extensive game-like scenarios in practice, such as 4-on-4 and 3-on-2-on-1 drills.
Head coach Scott Brooks has not commented on whether or not the team will get back the All-Star this year as he rehabs the torn left Achilles tendon that he sustained last January.
Without Wall available, Washington has gotten off to a 13-28 start, five games out of a playoff spot. The team has turned point guard over to the duo of Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith, both of whom have battled injuries at different points in the year, as Bradley Beal has also stepped in and seen a larger role en route to what could be a third consecutive All-Star campaign.
The duo of Beal and Wall still figures to be one of the league’s most dynamic once the two are back on the court at the same time. Both are locked into long-term deals with the organization that will strap the franchise financially, yet could reap rewards if full health and upper-echelon production are obtained.
Both Brooks and the Wizards’ organization have preached patience as it pertains to Wall’s delicate injury. By the time he is conceivably ready to take the floor, Washington could have a better idea of its playoff outlook for 2019-20, although the organization could not be blamed for playing the long game and waiting until the start of 2020-21.