Wizards news: John Wall motivated more than ever to make full recovery
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John Wall motivated more than ever to make full recovery, per Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard

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Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard believes franchise point guard John Wall is motivated more than ever to make a full recovery.

Wall is rehabbing his torn Achilles tendon and making really good progress. The Wizards can’t wait to get Wall back in the lineup next season:

“We’re extremely pleased with John’s condition right now, his participation throughout the rehab process has been fantastic,” Sheppard wrote during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session.

“I’ve never seen him this motivated to make a full recovery. We see John scrimmage with the Go-Go, we see him at practice with the Wizards. And while the rust is still there, there’s plenty of signs that point to a full recovery.”

No one inside the Wizards organization has an issue with Wall sitting out the season. In fact, they preferred it from the beginning.

Wall played in 32 games in 2018-19 before undergoing his season-ending heel surgery. He then fell at his house and tore his Achilles tendon.

The former No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in 2018-19, all while shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line.

Wall signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension (Designated Veteran Player Extension) with the Wizards in the summer of 2017. That contract kicked in this season.

The 29-year-old guard has career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. Washington signed Wall’s backcourt running mate Bradley Beal to an extension before this season started.