In theory, Otto Porter Jr. (hip flexor) was supposed to be back with the Wizards a long time ago, but his “day-to-day” injury which occurred after a fall in a voluntary practice has sidelined him for over a month. Washington will begin their regular season in just under two weeks, and according to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, Porter “could be out a couple more weeks.”
Porter hasn’t been able to participate in any scrimmages with the team, but he’s still been doing light shooting drills and stretches to stay ready. Wizards head coach, Randy Wittman, is hoping to have an update on Porter’s condition early next week:
I don’t have any idea,” coach Randy Wittman said when asked if Porter has made any progress Friday. “I think he’s getting another look when we get back from the doctor so hopefully we’ll have an update Monday.”
As J.Michael pointed out, the Wizards aren’t relying on Porter since they have two starting caliber small forwards in Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. Although they aren’t expecting Porter to make as big of an impact as John Wall or Bradley Beal did their rookie seasons, it would be nice to have Porter back for some added depth. Washington’s bench has been struggling mightily during preseason, and it couldn’t hurt to have Porter in the Wizards’ rotation.
Despite his absence, I wouldn’t get too concerned with Porter. Washington is being very cautious with their injured players, given the history of the team.