What was initially feared is indeed the case, Wizards guard Sheldon Mac is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season due to a torn left Achilles tendon. He suffered the injury during the first half of the Wizards' preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.
Mac, 24, had looked good through three preseason games. He was aiming to make the Wizards' roster in his second season. They signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Miami last summer.
But his Achillies gave out when he attempted a move towards the basket against the Cavs. Mac pushed off from his left leg and stumbled forward after the injury occurred. He fell to the ground and crawled to the sideline in pain as his teammates surrounded him at midcourt.
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It is a serious setback for the young shooting guard. Mac will have surgery on Tuesday and then begin a recovery that will likely lead into next offseason. The recovery timeline is 6-8 months, meaning his chances of playing this year are all but none.
Mac knows it's a long road back, but has displayed optimism on social media.
With Mac out of the picture, this could open the door for veteran guards Carrick Felix and Donald Sloan. Felix is a high-energy player more known for his defense. While Sloan can score and play point guard behind John Wall and Tim Frazier, who is currently dealing with a groin strain.
But, as Bobby Marks of ESPN notes, the Wizards may now be on the hook for Mac's full salary of $1.3 million this season. Before getting injured, he was only guaranteed $50,000 with a deadline of Jan. 10 for his full salary to kick in.
Between Mac's Achilles, Frazier's groin and Markieff Morris' sports hernia surgery, the injuries are starting to add up for a Wizards team that has high hopes heading into the 2017-18 season.
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