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Report: Wizards’ Sheldon Mac out 6-8 months with torn Achilles

Washington Wizards Media Day

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: Sheldon Mac #9 of the Washington Wizards poses during media day at Capital One Arena on September 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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The Wizards’ fears about Sheldon Mac have been realized.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Just $50,000 of Mac’s minimum salary was guaranteed, but his salary will be fully guaranteed while he’s injured. With this injury sidelining him past Jan. 10 (when his salary would become fully guaranteed otherwise), let alone likely the entire season, Mac now has his salary effectively fully guaranteed.

In line to pay the luxury tax, the Wizards probably won’t waive him. They could trade him to another team, which could waive him without the tax hit. Washington would likely send that team Mac’s base salary plus a little extra money or a second-round pick for the trouble.

Mac appeared likely to make the Wizards’ regular-season roster with at least a chance of cracking the rotation. The Wizards will be fine with Jodie Meeks and Tomas Satoransky behind Bradley Beal at shooting guard.

This opens the door for two of Donald Sloan, Daniel Ochefu and Carrick Felix to make the regular-season roster.