Sheldon Mac

Wizards’ Sheldon Mac To Miss 6-8 Months

OCTOBER 9, 9:54am: Mac will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn left Achilles and is expected to miss six to eight months, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Mac’s 2017/18 salary is mostly non-guaranteed, but the Wizards will have to pay his salary until he returns to health, whether or not he remains on the roster. If Washington expects him to miss most or all of the season, the club may waive him simply to open up a roster spot.

OCTOBER 8, 3:47pm: The Wizards have scheduled an MRI for Monday for guard Sheldon Mac, tweets Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. A source tells Buckner the team believes Mac may have torn an Achilles tendon during today’s preseason game.

Mac had to be carried off the court after getting hurt on an attempted drive to the basket against the Cavaliers. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Formerly known as Sheldon McClellan, the 24-year-old shooting guard appeared in 30 games for Washington last season, averaging 3.0 points in 9.6 minutes per night. His contract for this season only carries a $50K guarantee through January 10.

Southeast Notes: Hornets, Crawford, Mack

The Hornets have taken significant steps forward this offseason but one of the big questions heading into the 2017/18 campaign will be whether wings Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Nicolas Batum will be able to thrive together.

In a recent mailbag, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer tackled the question arguing that the lanky pair help the squad more than hinder them. Bonnell refers to the Hornets’ defensive woes as the major culprit for Charlotte’s disappointing 2016/17 campaign, saying that taking Kidd-Gilchrist out of the picture would only make matters worse.

Bonnell does add, however, that the Hornets would be wise to feature rookie Malik Monk as soon as he’s able to prove that he’s reasonably competent on the defensive end. If he slots in at the two, Batum could then slide up to the three.

There’s more from the Southeast Division:

  • The Hawks acquired Jamal Crawford in the three-way deal that sent Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers and immediately began pursuing a buyout with the 36-year-old veteran. Exact details of the buyout are not yet known but Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets that the guard’s cap hit will be around $11MM in 2017/18.
  • There’s no disputing Shelvin Mack‘s track record of success, he suited up for the 60-win Hawks of 2014/15 and served a valuable role for the 2016/17 Jazz squad that climbed back to relevance. According to John Denton of Orlando’s official website, the former Butler Bulldog thinks that even the Magic can be winners in the immediate future.
  • After a breakout 2013/14 campaign in which he filled in admirably for an injured Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks has posted three forgettable, injury-plagued seasons. Now a member of the Wizards, the soon-to-be 30-year-old is ready to reset and start anew. “I came back from my thumb at the end of the season,” he told Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I played okay and finished out the season healthy. This summer I got some rest. Now I’m working out again and I feel fine.
  • After riding the pine for the Wizards in 2016/17, Sheldon Mac and Daniel Ochefu have taken noticeable steps forward, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic writes.
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