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John Wall nearing two-week mark, but source says he’s not yet ready to return

John Wall is now shooting and participating in drills as he works his way back from a knee injury. (Alex Goodlett/Associated Press)

PHOENIX — John Wall has progressed to participating in half-court shooting and running drills with team staffers, but will not return to the end of the West Coast portion of the Washington Wizards’ five-game road trip.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Wall, who received platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee on Nov. 25, could make his return to the lineup by the middle of next week. The team originally shared that Wall would miss “approximately two weeks,” yet Wall has not gone through a practice or a shootaround with teammates. Although Wall is improving, he still needs more time to recover, the source said.

The end of the team’s original timeline would be Saturday when the Wizards play the Los Angeles Clippers. The Wizards will then move on to New York for the final stop on the trip to face the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

On Thursday, before the Wizards played the Phoenix Suns, Wall got on the court for two individual sessions. After teammates went through a morning shoot-around, Wall took shots around the arc at full speed with assistant coach Tony Brown and Steven Smith, the director of sports science, and Jesse Phillips, the director of player performance and rehabilitation, looking on among other medical staffers.

Then, an hour before tip-off, Wall worked on dribble pull-up jumpers and mimicked going around screens to get off shots.

Coach Scott Brooks said Wall could participate in a practice or shootaround “in the near future,” but the slight work on Thursday represented the next step in his recovery.

“Just getting his workout with the coaches. There some conditioning and basketball work. Just the natural progression that we have him going,” Brooks said. “He’s moving in that direction. Every day he goes and we evaluate how he feels the next day. So far, he’s checked off all the boxes. We just have to keep pushing it along.”

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