Wizards’ John Wall always planned to sit out entire 2019-20 season
Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall says he always planned to sit out the entire 2019-20 season.
Wall is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. No one inside the Wizards organization has an issue with Wall sitting out the season:
Tonight at #Wizards bowling event. John Wall was asked when did he get to the point to feeling OK if he doesn’t play this year: “That was my plan from the start.”
Wall went to describe how he learned from DeMarcus Cousins, one year of rehab from an Achilles injury isn’t enough pic.twitter.com/BEuKgQqJ8i
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 20, 2020
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 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.
Wall 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.
The Wizards are 20-33 on the season. They are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Beal has done everything in his power to keep the Wizards afloat in the standings. He’s putting up 29.1 points per game on the season.
Once Wall plays next season alongside Beal, Washington should be back to being a surefire playoff team.