(via NBC Sports)

One of the sadder stories of the NBA involves the state of the Washington Wizards, a franchise that has been riddled with unfortunate circumstances the last few years.

The latest and perhaps most devastating situation happened with John Wall, who tore his Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home. The injury cost the Wizards at least an entire season and could cost them even more. According to what one NBA executive told “trendingnba,” there are doubts that Wall will ever return to his superstar form, going so far as to call him the next Derrick Rose.

The 5x All-Star was viewed as one of the NBA’s best point guards before suffering his Achilles injury. In the 32 games he played in this latest season, he averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists on 44% shooting.

These past few months have not only damaged Wall’s body, but also his reputation. Sources revealed during the season that Wall was stirring up trouble in the locker room for challenging head coach Scott Brooks and displaying an all-around lack of effort during practice.

Put this alongside his shooting woes and an Achilles tear that will inhibit his athleticism (one of the best aspects of his game), and it becomes clear to see why folks have their doubts about the former dunk champion.

Nevertheless, with the Wizards set to pay him $170 million over the next four years, they will have no choice than to play the cards they have been dealt.

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