Wizards news: Scott Brooks says Washington isn't shutting John Wall down and focusing on next season
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Scott Brooks says Wizards aren’t shutting John Wall down and focusing on next season

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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall appears to be making good progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon.

Wall threw down a nasty dunk in Detroit before the Wizards took on the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Washington head coach Scott Brooks doesn’t know if Wall will play this season, but he says the Wizards aren’t going to shut the All-Star down and focus on the 2020-21 campaign.

On July 22, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said he doesn’t expect Wall to play this season. The former No. 1 overall pick played in 32 games last season before undergoing his season-ending heel surgery. Wall then fell at his house and tore his Achilles tendon.

The 29-year-old star guard averaged 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game in 2018-19 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 kicks in this season.

Sure enough, there’s absolutely no point to rush Wall back in 2019-20. The Wizards aren’t contenders right now and the main focus of the franchise is getting Wall back to 100 percent.

Wall has career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. Washington signed Wall’s running mate, star shooting guard Bradley Beal, to an extension before this season started. Wall has been on record saying he wants another shot at winning a title with Beal.