C.J. Miles' extended absence due to injury is tough blow for Wizards

Chase Hughes
NBC Sports Washington

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards revealed some bad news on Wednesday, as forward C.J. Miles underwent surgery on his left wrist and now has no timetable to return.

Miles had a ligament repaired in his left wrist, which is his shooting hand. The 32-year-old will now have an extended absence after appearing in only 10 games for the Wizards. Miles had already missed four straight games due to the injury and that was after he sat for the first five games of the year following foot surgery he had in July.

Given Miles' contract expires after this season, he may have played his final game for Washington if his timetable ends up being four months or more. The Wizards traded for Miles in July in a deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies. Just like Howard last year, Miles started the season hurt, played a handful of games and then suffered a long-term injury.

Miles's injury happened on Nov. 26 in a game against the Denver Nuggets when he fell to the floor taking an offensive foul. He had an MRI, then saw a specialist on Monday for a second opinion.

With Miles now out long-term, the Wizards will have to rely on younger players at the small forward spot. They have some depth, but little experience to lean on.

Troy Brown Jr. will likely see extended time at the three, though Isaac Bonga just took his place in the starting lineup. Both are second-year players.

Miles' injury could also open the door for rookie Admiral Schofield and possibly two-way wing Garrison Mathews once he has recovered from a stress reaction injury. The Wizards could also play Jordan McRae, who is primarily a guard, at the three in smaller lineups.

The Wizards also have some bigger players that could slide over. Rookie Rui Hachimura has spent time at the three this season and Davis Bertans can play there in a pinch.

Miles was set to be a rotation mainstay for the Wizards this season, but his injury could hurt them more in the big picture. Given his long track record as a shooter off the bench, a healthy season could have made him a valuable trade piece come the deadline in February. In a best-case scenario, he could have netted them a future draft pick.

Perhaps that can still happen, as the Wizards have not provided specifics on when he can get back. But at this point, it does not seem likely he will be returning any time soon.


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