For much of the season, Washington’s John Wall has tried to play through heel pain. He only missed two games because of it, but the issue has slowed him and his efficiency has dropped this season. As has his effort at points. And with that, the Wizards are 13-23 and well out of the playoffs.
Wall missed Friday night’s Washington loss to Chicago and saw a specialist about his heel, and now he is considering surgery, according to multiple reports, a story broken by Candace Bucker of the Washington Post and confirmed by Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Wall is expected to have the surgery.
Wall missed 41 games last season with a knee issue and didn’t want to sit out this season.
However, the heel pain was clearly impacting his game. Wall is shooting just 30.2 percent from three, has an 18.5 PER that would be his lowest since his sophomore season. More concerning, with the pain we have seen half-hearted cuts and effort off-the-ball ball on offense and defensive struggles staying in front of his man (how much of that is pain and how much is desire is up for debate).
Washington has been 5.1 points per 100 possessions better with Wall off the court this season.
Sure, Washington’s brass thought this was a 50-win team this season, but there comes a point where reality sinks in. At this point in what appears to be a lost season, getting Wall healthy may be the smart move. For everyone.
Remember, Wall’s five-year max concert extension kicks in next season.
What that means for the Wizards’ trade deadline and off-season also could be interesting. Wall is untradable, but does this make it less likely Washington would move on from Bradley Beal?