Washington Wizards' $235 million injury nightmare, John Wall

Washington Wizards' $235 million injury nightmare, John Wall

The Wizards are three games outside the playoffs in the Eastern Conference but team owner Ted Leonsis says he expects the team to push for the postseason, despite Wall's absence.

According to a statement from the Wizards, Wall ruptured his Achilles "after slipping and falling at his home".

Wizards medical director and orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih diagnosed the rupture during a procedure to clean out an infection that had developed in the incision from the initial surgery.

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Wall, who was already out for the remainder of the season following surgery on his left heel, had also developed an infection in the incision from his previous surgery that took place January 8. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. It was determined it was suffered during a fall at home.

Wall will be out for 12 months following the second surgery. He was expected to miss 6-to-8 months recovering from that injury. However, those talks apparently dissipated quickly, especially in the case of John Wall whose contract isn't the most franchise-friendly with this season marking the first of his $170 max extension. Wall had already been out after heel surgery.

He appeared in 32 games this year, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists, before going down with a heel injury in late December. Washington now sits at a record of 22-31 and are two games out of a playoff spot.