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Wizards’ Delon Wright out indefinitely with strained hamstring

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SAITAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 02: Delon Wright #55 of the Washington Wizards drives to the basket during the Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors - NBA Japan Games at Saitama Super Arena on October 02, 2022 in Saitama, Japan. 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 Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

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The Washington Wizards’ defense has been 6.8 points per 100 possessions better when Delon Wright is on the court this season. Which makes the following sentence bad news:

Wright is out indefinitely with a strained hamstring, the team announced Thursday. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski put a 6-8 week timeframe on his return, calling it a Grade 2 strain

The Wizards used their mid-level exception to sign Wright to a two-year, $16 million deal in the offseason. It has paid off, he has averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 assists a game, and has been critical on the defensive end. Here is what Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. told Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

“It’s unfortunate for us. He is playing at an extremely high level and doing a lot of good things for us, particularly on the defensive end,” head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said.

Wright came off the bench behind Monte Morris at the point, which means more minutes for him and possibly Will Barton getting some backup minutes at the one.