Wizards rule out Deni Avdija for season following ankle fracture

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On Thursday, the Washington Wizards announced that rookie Deni Avdija will miss the rest of the season with a right fibular hairline fracture following MRI testing.

Avdija sustained the injury on Wednesday versus the Golden State Warriors when he went up for a layup attempt. He landed awkwardly on his right ankle and was forced to leave the court area in a wheelchair following the sequence.

The announcement by the Wizards on Thursday confirmed a prior report by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that stated the injury will not require surgery. Avdija is expected to make a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks.

Following the game, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks commended Avdija for his work ethic this season.

Two things about Deni that I love: He cares a lot, and he works extremely hard. Those are two characteristics that we want our program to be about. He is about those things. … Deni cares, works hard and he is an outstanding kid. We’re lucky to have him on our team. We’re going to keep getting him better.

Avdija averaged 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 54 games played this season. The ninth overall pick started the last 15 contests for the Wizards prior to the injury and had emerged as a key contributor as of late.

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