John Wall provided an update from two offseason knee procedures by admitting it's not clear he'll be ready for the regular season.
The Wizards open the 2016-17 campaign on October 27.
That's just over two months away. Wall added the doctor stated very recently that he's right on schedule.
Here's what all of that really means:
- The Wizards likely won't have their three-time All-Star and starting point guard for some, most or all of training camp.
- Being able to play is one thng. Being able to play immediately like a three-time All-Star who regularly finishes among the league leaders in assists is another.
- One of the open roster spots could very well go to another point guard.
As a reminder, here's the current projected depth chart:
Power forward -- Markieff Morris, Andrew Nicholson, Jason Smith
Small forward -- Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre Jr.
Center -- Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi
Wing guard -- Bradley Beal, Tomas Satoransky, Marcus Thornton
Point guard -- John Wall, Trey Burke
That leaves three available roster spots.
The Wizards gave four members of their Las Vegas Summer League team -- swingman Jarell Eddie, small forward Danuel House, wing guard Sheldon McClellan, center Daniel Ochefu -- some guaranteed money so they'd stick around for training camp. Eddie and House received six figures and therefore are the best bets and perhaps locks to stick. However, none of the four are point guards.
Burke is and so is Satoransky, though his size allows him to play several spots. The thing is, the Wizards won't know for sure what they'll get out of the Czech native until he starts battling NBA players regularly after spending his career overseas. Burke is a three-year NBA veteran and yet the same general situation applies seeing as the former first round pick's role decreased during his stint in Utah.
Here's some roster 101 talk, at least from my perspective. At all times or at least whenever possible, NBA teams should have three rim protectors and three point guards. Basically, stop the opposing team from getting layups and set your team up to get some. With a healthy Wall and this roster, the Wizards have three pont guards, basically. Because he's so good and would play so many minutes, any concerns over how quickly the other two ramp up their game isn't as crucial.
If Wall is not ready for most of training camp/preseason, if he's not prepared to log normal/any minutes by opening night and then some, the Wizards might not have 48 minutes worth of point guards available. Washington also needs to use Satoransky behind Beal and possibly up front with three-guard looks.
Meanwhile, here's an interview with Drew League championship game MVP Casper Ware, who coincidentally just agreed to join the Wizards for training camp. Ware might not be the only outside point guard the Wizards bring on board for a test drive. That's because the man who usually drives their offense might not be ready when the regular season light turns green.
RELATED: 12 WIZARDS GAMES YOU CAN'T MISS