Washington Wizards power forward Markieff Morris will miss approximately six to eight weeks after undergoing sports hernia surgery Friday, the team announced.
According to the timeline, the earliest Morris could return would be Nov. 3, seven games into the regular season. The Wizards are scheduled to host Eastern Conference champion Cleveland that night. If his recovery extends closer to eight weeks, he could miss the first month of the regular season.
Morris missed just six games last season, the most of all of the starters, and averaged 31.2 minutes per game.
According to the team’s statement, Morris’s surgery “went as expected” and was performed by Dr. Michael Brunt at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Advanced Medicine located in St. Louis. The procedure was just the latest stop in a busy offseason for Morris.
Morris is facing charges for felony assault in Phoenix along with his twin brother Marcus, of the Boston Celtics. The trial, which began Monday, stems from a 2015 incident when both Morris brothers played for the Phoenix Suns. The Morris brothers and Gerald Bowman were charged with two counts of aggravated assault against Erik Hood, a one-time acquaintance of the Morris family. The trial is expected to last into next week and, if convicted of a felony, Markieff and Marcus Morris could face a 10-game suspension from the NBA in addition to any punishment doled out by the court.
Markieff Morris is not expected to attend the Wizards’ media day on Monday. Moving forward, Washington will likely open the season with either Mike Scott or Jason Smith in the starting lineup.