The injury bug continues to plague the Wizards, who announced today in a press release that veteran center Ian Mahinmi has been diagnosed with a strained right Achilles tendon and will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Mahinmi, who is entering the final year of the lucrative four-year contract he signed in 2016, is coming off a season in which he averaged 4.1 PPG and 3.8 RPG in just 34 games (14.6 MPG). It remains to be seen how much action the big man will get this year even once he’s healthy, as Thomas Bryant will start at center for Washington. Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans, and Moritz Wagner also figure to play regular minutes in the frontcourt.
A six-week timetable would sideline Mahinmi through at least November 14, keeping him on the shelf for the first nine games of the Wizards’ season. Although he’ll be re-evaluated at that point, there’s no guarantee he’ll be immediately ready to return.
Mahinmi is the latest Wizard projected to miss the start of the season, joining Isaiah Thomas (thumb) and John Wall (Achilles). It’s not clear whether Troy Brown (calf) and C.J. Miles (foot) will be ready to go by opening night.