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John Wall places timetable on return to full basketball activities

John Wall places timetable on return to full basketball activities

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The wait will be a long one for John Wall. He's still a ways from being able to return to his normal workouts as he prepares for the 2016-17 season. Saturday and Sunday he hosted his basketball camp before returning to his offseason home in Los Angeles. 

He has spent more time in D.C. than usual because of the surgery he had May 5 to fix both knees. The right one needed a minor procedure to clean it out and appears to be fine. The left one still has a fresh scar well over an inch long for a bone spur that had been ailing him for three years. Repeated pregame and postgame treatments with acupuncture were no longer working as well.  

"This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall, who also will hold camps in Lexington, Ky., where he played college and his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., to CSNmidatlantic.com. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut."

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Wall wasn't the same player when he made second-team the NBA's All-Defense after 2014-15 season. He still managed to post career high offensive numbers in points (19.9), assists (10.2), rebounds (4.9) and steals (1.9). 

“I’m doing great. Still in no rush even though I’m ahead of schedule. Just taking my time and making sure I’m getting stronger to prepare myself for a long 82 games and not have to deal with the same problems all over again," said Wall, who has been an All-Star three years in a row. "I've had a bone spur for the last three years that’s just been building up and got worse and worse by the year. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff trying to prepare myself for games. Some games I was like, ‘No way in hell I’m going to play tonight.' I’d find a way just becaue of my will and loving the game so much. I just find a way to fight through it and try to do the best to help my team win.”

Wall has been busy despite his surgery. He recently received the NBA's yearlong Community Assist Award at Bright Beginnings, a charity for homeless children that he put on the map with his $400,000 donation via the John Wall Family Foundation last year. Wall also allocated his $25,000 from the league for his award to Bright Beginnings, which Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis also matched.

Wall has a good shot at being ready for training camp that begins Sept. 27, though he has made it clear previously that he's not going to force it. 

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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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