Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is considering season-ending surgery on his heel, according to multiple reports Saturday.
Wall sat out Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls and coach Scott Brooks said he was slated to see a specialist due to persistent issues with the heel. The Washington Post first reported that Wall was considering surgery following an evaluation by Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday, while sources told ESPN that the 28-year-old is expected to finalize surgery plans in the coming days.
Wall reportedly has been dealing with bone spurs in the heel for multiple years. Surgery would sideline him for 6-8 months, according to the Post, which reported that Wall might still pursue other options.
Brooks declined to speculate on the severity of the latest flare-up during his pregame availability on Friday, telling reporters that Wall “has good days and bad days like a lot of guys. He has been able to manage it. It comes and goes. It has been bothering him, so it’s time to see a specialist.”
Wall also missed a game against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 10 because of the heel issue.
The five-time All-Star is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games this season. Washington has struggled to a 13-23 record and is only five games out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
“Some days it’s great. Some days it’s bad,” Wall said on Dec. 8 about his heel issues, per the Post. “You just got to monitor (it) when it’s good and when it’s bad, don’t try to force the issue and play with that one because it’s kind of hard. You can’t run.”
–Field Level Media