The Washington Wizards have struggled plenty this season.
With a record of 20-26, the Wizards are currently on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.
One issue they have struggled with this season has been injuries.
This injury to Porzingis could not have come at a worse time.
Washington was hoping to make a push up the standings, as they sit only four games out of the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.
Injury update: Kristaps Porzingis will be listed as week-to-week with a sprained left ankle.
The injury originally occurred in the third quarter of the team’s win over Orlando on January 21. pic.twitter.com/xlobFnBwzl
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 23, 2023
Without Beal, Porzingis has been the best player for the Wizards this season.
He is averaging 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
But, like most seasons of his career, injuries continue to get in the way.
In his eight NBA seasons, the most games the 27-year-old has played in a season is 72, which came in his rookie year.
But, he has been consistently hurt throughout the rest of his career.
Last year in Washington, Porzingis only played 17 games.
It appears likely that the Wizards will continue their downward spiral without their top two players.
Also, they just traded away Rui Hachimura to the Los Angeles Lakers, as another sign they are looking to rebuild.
For Porzingis, he signed a massive contract with the Dallas Mavericks back in 2019-20.
That deal will run through the end of next season when the Wizards will have to pay Porzingis $36 million.
That seems like an awfully large contract for a player that cannot stay on the floor.
It will be interesting to see how the Wizards approach Porzingis this offseason and if they can move that contract.