Wizards' Wall appears headed for season-ending surgery

Colton Jones

Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall is leaning toward having surgery on his left heel that could sideline him for six to eight months, according to a report by Shams Charania of Stadium.

The Associated Press reported Wall would be examined by Dr. Robert Anderson, associate team physician for the Green Bay Packers. Anderson was performed surgical procedures on Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Cam Newton and Derek Jeter, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic. Wall sat out Washington's 101-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at United Center. He played in only 41 games last season because of a knee injury and has been plagued by the heel injury for several seasons, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports. Friday's game was the fourth he's missed this season. The All-Star guard played in the first game after Christmas, against the Pistons in Detroit, and scored 21 points. However, he scored only four points after the halftime break. “He has good days and bad days like a lot of guys through,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “He has been able to manage it. "It has been bothering him, so it’s time to see a specialist.” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the timetable on Wall's surgery has yet to be finalized.

Washington (13-23) has dropped four straight games after the loss in Chicago and nine of its last 11.

Wall's four-year, $170 million supermax contract extension kicks in next season, which will pay him approximately $38.1 million, $41.2 million and $44.3 million, with a $47.3 million player option on the books for the 2022-23 season.

An All-Star in each of the last five seasons, the 28-year-old Wall is averaging 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 34.5 minutes in 32 games this season for the Wizards, shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and a career-low 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.