Washington Wizards swingman Alan Anderson, who hasn’t played a game this season, is not expected to make his season debut for another three to five weeks, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Anderson, 33, signed a one-year contract worth $4 million with the Wizards in July to provide wing depth and a defensive presence. He was expected to be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments from his left ankle, but discomfort continued throughout the summer and he had a second procedure on Oct. 13.
The 6-foot-6 Anderson had a checkup Monday and has begun on-court activities, but won’t be available until the end of January or beginning of February for a Washington club ravaged by injuries. The Wizards dressed just nine players for Monday’s win over the Sacramento Kings Monday as Bradley Beal (leg), Otto Porter Jr. (thigh), Gary Neal (back), Nene (calf), and Drew Gooden III (calf) were also sidelined with injuries.
Point guard John Wall is also dealing with an assortment of ailments, including an MCL sprain in his right knee, bruised ribs, and a bone spur in his right ankle/foot, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Wall, however, will play through the injuries until a few players return from injuries.