3:19pm: The Wizards are optimistic that Porzingis could return to action within two weeks, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).
10:55am: The sprained left ankle that Kristaps Porzingis suffered in Saturday’s game will keep him out of action for a while. The Wizards announced (via Twitter) that Porzingis is being listed as week-to-week because of the injury.
Prior to Saturday, Porzingis had been able to remain relatively healthy in his first full season in Washington, appearing in 41 of the team’s first 46 games. He was putting up his best numbers since before his ACL injury, averaging 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.8% from the field and 34.8% from three-point range.
Porzingis posted a career high of 72 games played during his rookie year and hasn’t appeared in more than 57 in a season since tearing the ACL in his left knee in 2018. He has a $36MM player option for next season, and the length of his current absence could play a role in whether he decides to exercise that.
At 20-26, Washington is on the brink of the race for a play-in spot in the East, trailing the 10th-place Bulls by a game and a half. If the Porzingis injury results in a losing skid, that could affect the organization’s mindset heading into the trade deadline, which is only 17 days away. Rui Hachimura and Kyle Kuzma are among the Wizards who have been mentioned prominently in trade rumors.