Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Otto Porter (Georgetown) poses with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number three overall pick to the Washington Wizards during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Wizards rookie Otto Porter may be closer to returning


Otto Porter’s hip injury wasn’t expected to be serious, but the rookie out of Georgetown has yet to practice with the team since getting hurt in mid-September. Frustration has inevitably grown amongst the Wizards fan base, given the vagueness of the injury Porter is suffering from. After playing just one game in summer league, Otto Porter has missed valuable developmental time that he’ll never be able to get back, but he may be closer to returning than some might think.

I think each day he’s getting closer,” Wittman said. “Now, when is that day going to be that he steps on the practice court, I still don’t know. But he’s doing more and more stuff individually.

Wittman continued:

That’s in somebody else’s hands before the OK is given,” Wittman said regarding Porter’s return. “I think it’s getting closer as I said last night with Chris [Singleton]. I think Chris’ may be a little farther along than Otto, even. Hopefully we can get those two guys on the practice floor.

-quotes via CSN Washington

To add on to the optimism, Dr.Ray Solano of the Ball Hogs Radio Network thinks Otto Porter will be back in the Wizards lineup in the next couple weeks. The injury expert also noted that Porter will be limited, given the amount of time he’s spent sidelined away from doing any major basketball activity.

Thankfully for the Wizards, Otto Porter wasn’t expected to make much of an impact in his first season since Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster are both capable of starting. Washington’s bench has struggled so far in the season and having Porter contribute certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

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