Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard says he signed Thomas in part to help an injured Wall proceed successfully through his long, long injury recovery process, Deadspon.com is reporting.
Wall is currently working his way back from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, suffered in February when he slipped and fell at home while recovering from an earlier heel surgery.
Achilles tendon injuries are disasters for NBA players, especially for NBA players whose productivity relies heavily on athleticism.
Even if Wall makes it all the way back to pre-injury form, it will be a long and grueling recovery process, one that is expected to cost him all of next season.
Thomas has plenty of recent experience with devastating injuries and long and grueling recoveries. He aggravated a hip injury during the 2017 playoffs, and has spent the last 26 months trying and mostly failing to work his way back to the form that made him an MVP candidate pre-injury: