John Wall was looking at being out for 6-8 months after undergoing heel surgery last month after discovering that he had a genetic defect in his foot that affected his Achilles tendon. As stated in the Wizards’ release, he has had terribly bad luck since then:
“Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI. Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately 12 months from the time of the surgery.”
History of Injury
Wall developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on Jan. 8 (a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel that was also performed by Dr. Anderson), and he suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home. The rupture was diagnosed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection.
Time Table to Return
The 6-8 month window would have had Wall returning by September at the latest, giving him plenty of time to contribute to his team. Now, with the new 12 month window, it will be this time next season before Wall even thinks about taking the floor again in a game.
This situation put Washington in an intriguing position. While management has said that they have no interest in trading Wall, that was before this most recent injury. They will have a few questions to answer:
- Is John Wall coming back worth waiting most of the season?
- Is there a serviceable point guard who they can sign to a 1-year deal for a decent price tag?
- What sort of return can they get for a point guard that won’t play until mid-February?
The one thing that is certain about this decision is that it will be franchise-changing. Washington can wait this situation out, patch up the hole with a one-year rental player, or they can try to trade Wall for a draft pick and attempt to replace him long term. Regardless of what Washington does, it will certainly affect whether they are a good betting pick next season.