Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has not been medically cleared to suit up for the organization at the time being. But that doesn’t mean that the five-time All-Star hasn’t been further honing his craft as he makes his way back from a torn Achilles tendon.
Per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, Wall played 5-on-5 on Wednesday afternoon at a hotel gym with a group of players that featured six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire.
Even with the optimism created by Wall getting shots up, Buckner tempered expectations by noting that Wall should not be expected to take the floor for the Wizards this year.
John Wall is in Miami with the #Wizards and told me he spent the afternoon playing 5-on-5 with… Amar’e Stoudemire (!) at a local gym inside a hotel.
This is a significant step in Wall’s Achilles’ rehabilitation. However, still don’t expect him to play this season.
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) January 22, 2020
It was reported just days ago that the 29-year-old Wall, who last played in a regular-season game on Dec. 26, 2018, had been practicing with the team and participating in multiple drills that simulated game-like situations.
Washington’s 14-28 record entering play Wednesday certainly hasn’t given him much to rush back for. In addition to the team’s current situation outside of the playoff picture, Washington must also factor in that it owes Wall north of $84 million over the next two seasons, and that’s without factoring in that he is likely to invoke a $46.9 million player option that he owns for the 2022-23 campaign.
While Stoudemire getting up shots alongside Wall is also noteworthy, the news only seems to get better about Wall’s possibility of making a full recovery from an injury that could have easily ended his career.
He may not get back on the court this year, but Wall’s return is apparently coming.