Ethan Norof and Dan Besbris dig into the mess in Washington and whether anyone behind Brad Beal can actually find consistent fantasy value next year.
March 30, 2020, 12:27 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (Achilles) was participating in scrimmages with the Capital City Go-Go before the NBA suspended its season.
Wall was scrimmaging every three days or thereabouts, depending on the schedule, and was a regular presence at the team's practices. There's even video of him throwing down a nasty jam on rookie Garrison Mathews at the link below. Despite this notable step forward in his recovery, the Wizards have maintained that Wall will not return this season, even with the hiatus giving Wall an extra few months of recovery time.
Source: The Athletic
March 25, 2020, 3:54 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reported that John Wall (left Achilles) will not return for the remainder of the 2019-20 season despite the hiatus.
Wall has missed all of the 2019-20 season so far and was only able to play in 73 games over the prior two seasons due to a variety of injuries. The Wizards' GM, Tommy Sheppard, told Buckner in an interview regarding Wall's availability going forward, “We’re very anxious to see John Wall in uniform next year. I don’t think any of this changes that.” We'll have to wait until next season to see Wall return to the court even when/if the NBA season resumes later on this calendar year.
Source: The Washington Post
February 7, 2020, 2:28 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Though John Wall (left Achilles) has been increasing the intensity of his workouts, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard reiterated that Wall is unlikely to play this season.
Wall appears to be making good progress but it's the smart play for the Wizards to take the pressure off here and publicly declare that there's no plan for him to return this year. He'll be an interesting name to track during draft season, as his game is heavily reliant on speed and athleticism and may be heavily affected by such a serious injury.
Source: NBC Sports Washington
January 19, 2020, 1:03 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (torn left Achilles) played some "controlled" 4-on-4 with teammates at Sunday's practice.
Wall had previously played with members of the training staff, so this is a potentially notable step forward in his recovery. Still, while Scott Brooks didn't rule him out for the year, it seems highly unlikely that we see Wall take the court before next season. Even if he does play, he's going to have heavy minutes restrictions and probably won't play long enough to get up to full speed — Wall is still a no-go in redraft leagues.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
January 14, 2020, 9:49 amJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard once again confirmed that the organization is not in a rush to see John Wall come back, unless he is 100 percent healthy.
There was a report last week about how Wall participated in 3-on-3 drills with the Wizards' player development staff. It was a major milestone in his recovery as he has reached the 11-month anniversary of his surgery. Still, it’s highly unlikely that he makes a return this season and he should be stashed only in dynasty leagues.
Source: NBC Sports Washington
January 11, 2020, 11:19 amJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (left Achilles rehab) is reportedly participating in three-on-three scrimmages against members of the player development staff.
Wall has also recently progressed to running and dunking, one-on-one contact drills with coaches and has even been traveling with the Wizards and going through pregame warm-up routines. He is currently at the 11-month mark of his initial 11-to-15 month timetable. Given that the team was denied the disabled player exception and based on his current progression, it seems he should technically be healthy enough to make a return at some point this season. The Wizards have yet to rule that out but since they really have nothing to play for this year, it seems unlikely.
December 19, 2019, 4:31 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Head Coach Scott Brooks told the media that the Wizards have not ruled out the possibility of John Wall (left Achilles rehab) returning this season.
Although Brooks told the media that the team hasn't ruled Wall out for the entirety of this season, it is still unlikely that he will play this year after suffering one of the most severe injuries in the basketball universe. From a fantasy perspective, it is best to rule Wall out for the season unless we get a concrete timetable of a return.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
October 23, 2019, 1:14 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas, who is working his way back from left thumb surgery, will not play on Wednesday.
Ish Smith is the expected starter while Thomas is out. Thomas has already practiced with the Wizards and could be back shortly. He is worth monitoring especially given that John Wall is unable to play this season.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
October 9, 2019, 5:39 pmIsaac BongaPG, Washington Wizards
Isaac Bonga (left knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's preseason matchup vs. the Guangzhou Long-Lions while C.J. Miles (left foot rehab), Troy Brown (left calf strain), Isaiah Thomas (left thumb rehab), John Wall (left Achilles rehab) and Ian Mahinmi (right Achilles strain) all remain out.
Bonga may carve out a role for the Wizards if he is able to get healthy. At this time, he needs to show something to enter the fantasy landscape.
Source: NBA Injury Report
July 23, 2019, 8:47 amJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that John Wall “probably won’t play at all” next year as he is recovering from a torn Achilles.
Nothing new here, Wall ruptured his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home and he is not expected to resume any basketball activity until at least February of 2020. The Wizards are not expected to be very competitive this year and it makes sense to take it slow with Wall’s rehab. Owners should only stash him in dynasty leagues.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
July 2, 2019, 2:07 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Per Sam Vecenie of The Athletic, the Wizards have applied for a Disabled Player Exception on John Wall, and are waiting for an answer from the league.
While there are reports that Wall is progressing, there is also a genuine chance that he does not suit up at all this season. We'll have to wait to find out what comes of the application, but if accepted, it will help get the Wizards another potential player.
Source: Sam Vecenie on Twitter
June 25, 2019, 11:30 amJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
On Monday night at the 2019 NBA Awards, John Wall gave affirmation that he is indeed continuing to get healthier and stronger.
Wall has been able to slowly increase what he can do on his legs. The recovery and rehab for an injury as severe as his is a long road, and the point guard is making sure not to speed up the process and risk hindering the progress. However, he's about to reach a pretty big milestone in the journey during the coming weeks. And while Wall's offseason has been a busy one, as he juggles rehab, he still has been very involved in everything going on inside the franchise, recently chatting with first-round draft pick Rui Hachimura.
Source: NBC Sports
April 9, 2019, 11:59 pmJohn WallG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (left Achilles) may not be able to play next season after tearing his Achilles.
Wall ended another frustrating year in Washington with top-35/75 value in 8/9-cat leagues (top-200/230 in total value), as his atrocious 3.8 turnovers per game really dragged down his appeal. The Kentucky product averaged 8.7 dimes per game this year, which is a six-year low. Wall also shot a ghastly .697 from the free throw line, and he’s now spent the last two seasons below 73 percent from the line after going 76 percent or better in each of his first seven years. Those big drops were more than enough to counteract his improvement from the field (.444, up from .420 a year prior). Wall battled left heel soreness throughout his 32 games before undergoing season-ending surgery in late December, and he would later rupture his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home while recovering from the first procedure. He won’t return to basketball activity until February 2020 and can be written off until the 2020-21 campaign.
Brad Beal was the real deal, but not much else worked out for Washington