Wizards’ Chris Singleton to have surgery on broken foot


This really is a bad break. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Wizards third-year forward Chris Singleton will have surgery later this afternoon to repair a Jones fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot suffered during a voluntary workout on Tuesday at Verizon Center. Singleton is expected to miss six to eight weeks, according to a statement released by the team on Wednesday.

With training camp set to get underway on Sept. 28 at George Mason, Singleton’s injury came at an inopportune time as he enters a critical season as it relates to his future with the organization. The 6-foot-8 Singleton was already in a difficult position as he attempted to earn a spot in Coach Randy Wittman’s regular rotation and persuade the Wizards to pick up his option worth about $2.5 million for the 2014-15 season.

The Wizards drafted Singleton 18th overall in the 2011 draft and he started 51 games at small forward in his first season, becoming just the third rookie since 1992 to start at least 75 percent of his games. But the Wizards traded for Trevor Ariza and signed Martell Webster the following summer, forcing Singleton to earn minutes at power forward.

Singleton, 23, averaged 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 57 games last season but struggled in his new role. He spent extended stretches on the inactive list and shot just 19.4 percent from three-point range, which led the Wizards to add veteran forward Al Harrington.

The Wizards also asked Singleton to participate in summer league in Las Vegas last July to gain more experience.  They have until Oct. 30 to pick up his fourth-year option, which would seem unlikely with the injury expected to keep him sidelined through November.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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