It’s significant progress for Anderson, who hasn’t played for the Wizards, or even joined them on road trips, since signing a one-year deal to join the team over the summer. He had been limited to cardio exercises and cheering on his teammates enthusiastically from the end of the Wizards’ bench at home games.
Positive news has been scarce for the Wizards over the last week. They’re stuck in a four-game losing streak, injuries have ravaged their bench and their challenging early schedule isn’t getting any easier with a matchup against the first-place Cavaliers on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Wizards haven’t given an official timetable for Anderson’s return, but mid-December was the original estimate and Anderson appears in line to make his Wizards debut around then.
Washington signed Anderson to a deal worth $4 million believing he would recover from an ankle surgery he underwent in May well before the season started, but discomfort persisted during training camp. The decision was then made to have a second procedure on the ankle to remove a bone fragment left behind in the first surgery.
When he does return, Anderson will provide a much-needed defensive presence and depth. Washington had just 10 available players in its loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, which prompted the team to waive swingman Martell Webster and sign center Ryan Hollins on Monday.
Nene (calf) and Gary Neal (groin) didn’t make the trip to Cleveland, while Drew Gooden III (calf) is with the team but is not expected to play Tuesday night.