Wizards forward Rui Hachimura will miss the first three weeks of the 2020-21 season due to a case of bi-lateral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (KEC), the team announced Monday.
Hachimura missed the last two games on the Wizards' preseason schedule while dealing with the injury and Washington will now have to go roughly 10 games without their starting power forward.
In the meantime, Washington has a number of options to replace Hachimura in the starting lineup. Davis Bertans, who just signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension could come off his presumed bench role to start alongside Thomas Bryant.
The Wizards could also elect to start Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga and the forward spots if Scott Brooks wants to go small, while Moe Wagner would represent an option if he wants to start a big lineup. Free-agent acquisition Anthony Gill started in Hachimura's place in Saturday's preseason finale against Detroit.
The Wizards will open their 2020-21 season and the Russell Westbrook era in D.C. on December 23 against the Sixers at 7 p.m. ET.
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