The Washington Wizards’ bout with injuries this past season has been well documented, but it appears as if everyone is finally getting healthy. Nene, who missed 21 games this past season, is apparently already joining some of his teammates in workouts this off season.
After rehabilitating all summer, Nene is back and training with the Wizards a little less than a month before training camp begins.
He is joined this week by the Wizards’ key free agent acquisition, Eric Maynor
Washington has added some depth to their roster this off season by acquiring Al Harrington, so I wouldn’t expect Nene to log many minutes. Despite the number of forwards on the roster, the Wizards could attribute a large portion of their success offensively and defensively to Nene. His ability to score in the post, combined with his unique ability to distribute the ball, gives the Wizards an option most teams don’t have.
If all goes well, Nene is expected to start right out of the gate. He’s dealt with numerous injuries this past season, including plantar fasciitis, but he seems ready to contribute.
The Wizards’ training camp begins in this month, so I’m glad they’ve already begun working out together. As I’ve said in the past, although the Wizards aren’t as talented as some of their Eastern Conference foes, continuity could certainly go a long way.