Almost a week after making his debut as a Washington Wizard, Josh Howard will now be reduced to the role of spectator.
Team President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that Josh Howard would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. No timetable was announced for his return.
The injury occurred with 4:23 left in the first quarter, when Howard caught an outlet pass and attempted to make a move to the basket. He collided with Chicago Bulls guard Ronald “Flip” Murray, and his left knee buckled. He was helped off the court, and at the time it was diagnosed as simply a sprain.
Howard, along with James Singleton and Quinton Ross, were part of the big trade that sent former Wizards, Brendan Haywood, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson to the Dallas Mavericks on February 13th. After coming off the bench in his first game as a Wizard, Howard started at shooting guard during the last three games and averaged 14.5 points and 3.3 rebounds. He has an $11.8 million team option in his contract, but this injury, as well as the Wizards desire to stay financially flexible, could mean that Howard has played his last minutes as a Washington Wizard.
Newly acquired Al Thornton, started the second half of the game against the Bulls, but there’s been no official word as to who will take his place tomorrow night against the Grizzlies.
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