There was good and bad news for Wizards fans at general manager Tommy Sheppard’s press conference on Friday.
The good news was that newly-acquired guard Spencer Dinwiddie looks on track to be ready for the season following a partial ACL tear. The bad news was that center Thomas Bryant likely won’t be ready for the start of the season as he’s still recovering from a torn ACL last winter.
“Spencer was out here working out, looked great, he’s going to progress to two-on-two, three-on-three, and we’ll measure it as we go through September,” Sheppard said. “Thomas is running, he’s out on the court and doing what he’s supposed to do. Our measurables right now, they’re on track to be available. I can’t see Thomas necessarily being available in our first game. But we’ll measure it as we go along. But I’m really pleased with their progress.”
Dinwiddie was involved in the behemoth five-team trade that brought the Wizards a host of players, including Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell from the Lakers in return for Russell Westbrook.
He figures to be the team’s starting point guard this season.
Bryant’s case is a bit murkier, as he suffered his torn ACL in January. In early February, former coach Scott Brooks confirmed Bryant had successful surgery to repair his left knee. In 10 games last season, all of which were starts, he averaged a career-best 14.3 points per game with 6.1 rebounds.
In any case, the Wizards certainly aren’t going to rush anyone back onto the floor.
“It’s not about a date on the calendar, it’s when they’re 100 percent healthy,” Sheppard said. “I think Spencer is further ahead than Thomas. With Thomas, we’re going to make sure 100 percent that he’s healthy. Training camp is difficult to miss, but it isn’t critical if you’re not available to go through it and certainly we’ve got to maximize his rehab time and everything. I don’t have a calendar in front of me, I know they’re both progressing as they should.”