John Wall To Have Season-Ending Surgery

Wizards star John Wall will undergo surgery on his left heel that will keep him out of action for six to eight months, the team announced on its website.

The Wizards describe the operation as “a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel.” An exact date for the procedure hasn’t been set, but it will take place sometime next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The operation was deemed necessary because of persistent pain and inflammation in Wall’s heel.

Wall missed his third game of the season tonight because of the heel. He has posted a 20.7/3.6/8.7 line, but the Wizards are off to a disappointing 13-23 start.

The team’s poor performance may have factored into Wall’s decision to have the operation done now rather than trying to play through the pain. The Wizards want to be sure Wall is fully healthy next season when his four-year, $170MM contract extension takes effect. A six- to eight-month timetable should have him ready to resume basketball activities sometime in the summer.

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8 thoughts on “John Wall To Have Season-Ending Surgery

  1. Reflect

    I have to imagine this all but guarantees that we see the Wizards blow it up.

    • Jason Lancaster

      Blow it up how? Trade Beal for picks, and take a step back for the next 3 seasons? Cause he’s the only guy that will bring any value. Maybe they can get a couple of decent young guys and an expiring contract, but that’s probably it. Not enough to make up for losing Beal next season, assuming they want to compete.

      Good thing they made the Ariza trade a few weeks back, eh? Maybe they can flip him for something…

      Unless they want to pay Wall along with a bunch of rookies, it’s five years lost in the forest. Just how lost is the question.

      • GuruGray

        Blowing it up is probably not the answer, but they have to move off some money to get below the luxury tax. If they don’t, they’re looking at the repeaters tax next year. Flip Ariza and Morris

      • Colmar

        They should try to flip Wall for pennies on the dollar. It’s over for this core. I’d rather tank and build around Beal, even if a Wall deal yields little value. If the Wizards want to contend anytime soon, they need to get rid of that contract

        • Wall was probably untradeable before the injury, now there’s literally no way anyone would take his horrific contract on. Plus he’s got a trade kicker and makes more money if he’s dealt. He’s not going anywhere. Beal is the only guy with trade value. So if you don’t deal Beal zero talent or good picks will ever come back.

        • Jason Lancaster

          No one will trade for Wall without picks. It’s the Wizards package Wall with 2 firsts, I could see Cleveland or Atlanta or Phoenix going for something like that, assuming the Wizards took some long term money back.

          Wall is getting $42 million next year. That’s a cap killer. No way someone does that for free.

      • Reflect

        They already were a step back for the next decade. Nothing they can possibly do to be a serious contender. Might as well start over.

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