Wizards: Markieff Morris out six weeks

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Despite stinking most of this season, the Wizards showed how much they valued winning in the present by trading for Trevor Ariza.

But fate has had other ideas for Washington.

Since the Ariza deal, John Wall underwent season-ending surgery. Now, Markieff Morris will miss an extended period of time.

Wizards release, via NBC Sports Washington:

After consultation between Dr. Dossett and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, Morris has been diagnosed with transient cervical neuropraxia. He will be limited to non-contact basketball activities for the next six weeks, after which he is expected to be cleared to return to full basketball activities.

The Wizards are three games and three teams out of playoff position. They’re still in the race, but reaching the postseason won’t be easy. Bradley Beal can’t simply put this team on his back.

With Morris out, expect Washington to lean more heavily on Jeff Green, Otto Porter (once he gets fully healthy), Thomas Bryant and maybe even Sam Dekker and Ian Mahinmi in the frontcourt. Morris has played plenty at both power forward and center for this team.

Morris hasn’t played very well this year, but since getting pulled from the starting lineup, he has provided a useful scoring punch off the bench.

This injury projects to sideline him through the trade deadline. That’ll make it more difficult to move his $8.6 million expiring contract.

So, it’ll be tough to tank. It might be tough to win, though.

The Wizards just remain mostly stuck.