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Wizards news: Markieff Morris to undergo surgery on Friday, expected to miss start of training camp

Markieff Morris

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris is slated to undergo surgery for a sports hernia, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

The veteran power forward is expected to miss the start of training camp through his recovery, which will take place starting on Tuesday at Richmond, Virginia.

Morris was diagnosed with a sports hernia after working out in preparation for the upcoming season in a Las Vegas training camp. As the summer wore on, Morris started complaining about discomfort, but due to family reasons and a pending court case in Phoenix, the surgery had to be delayed until the end of this week.

The 28-year-old sustained the same injury during his junior season at Kansas, also undergoing hernia surgery to alleviate the problem. After his procedure, Morris missed only preseason practices and was back on the court for the exhibition games, starting in 34 of 38 games in the best season of his collegiate career. Morris and his twin brother Marcus declared for the NBA Draft following that season.

The Wizards will surely miss his spark as a rugged defender and a spot-up option at the wing, providing the team a much-needed toughness that made them the No. 4 seed in the East.

Having signed Otto Porter to a long-term contract earlier this summer, the Wizards should be fine with their offensive firepower, but will need their motor back healthy by the time the season starts in order to tip-off the season with their expected lineup.