Wizards get encouraging updates on Nene, Kevin Seraphin

The Wizards have targeted having Nene return from his left foot injury by the season opener and the 6-foot-10 Brazilian big man is moving closer to making that a possibility.

While the Wizards left Brooklyn to travel to Toronto for their game against the Raptors on Wednesday, Nene flew to Baltimore to have his plantar fasciitis checked out by a physician and to get fitted for orthotics.

Coach Randy Wittman spoke with Nene and he “said things are going in the right direction with his movement,” Wittman said.

Nene missed 10 games with plantar fasciitis last season and aggravated the injury while playing in the London Olympics. He had been traveling with the team for their first three road games, receiving treatment from trainers and stretching with John Wall.

“He’s going to be able to maybe start getting some shots up and get on the floor a little bit in that manner,” Wittman said. “So, it was a positive report.”

Wittman said Kevin Seraphin has also made progress with the strained right calf he suffered on Saturday in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 99-95 win over Cleveland. He returned to Washington for a checkup after watching the loss to Brooklyn from his hotel room.

“He’s better,” he said. “He’s able to get up on and walk on it now. Whereas yesterday he wasn’t able to, so that’s a great sign. He’s still probably going to be a little bit of a ways away, but if he keeps making these strides, we’ll see.”

The Wizards are in no rush to bring back Seraphin, though the 6-foot-9 forward/center said he didn’t expect to be out very long. “No, heavens no, not with the calf. You want to make sure that gets healed,” Wittman said. “A big guy carries a lot more weight. We’ll have to be careful of that.”

Wall is still several weeks away from returning to the floor, but he has started to do more basketball-related activity. As the Wizards practiced at Air Canada Center on Tuesday, Wall worked out shirtless, doing dribble drills with assistant Ryan Saunders. He also shot free throws.

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

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