After receiving some good news about Jared Dudley's recovery from back surgery earlier today, the Wizards are dealing with a new setback that will keep another one of their free agent acquisitions from stepping on the court for some time.
The Wizards announced that Alan Anderson, who had surgery on his ankle back in May, had another surgery on that ankle Tuesday afternoon. Here's the full release from the team:
ANDERSON UNDERGOES ANKLE PROCEDURE
Forward to Begin Rehab Immediately
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Wizards announced that forward Alan Anderson had successful surgery today to remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle. Anderson underwent left ankle surgery in May to remove bone spurs and was still experiencing pain caused by irritation from the fragment.
The procedure was performed by Dr. David Porter at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Anderson will begin the rehab process immediately, but a timeframe for his return has yet to be determined.
The Wizards signed Anderson on July 12 after he spent the 2014-15 season with Brooklyn. In 74 games (19 starts) with the Nets, he averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting .443 from the field and .348 from three-point range.
It's probably a little too early to be alarmed about the lack of a timetable, but it's certainly a bit concerning.
With Anderson out, suddenly the wing depth that was supposed to be upgraded over the summer looks very shaky. The team will need to rely more on Gary Neal, Garrett Temple (who has been held out of the last two games with a sore hamstring), Martell Webster (who has been held out of all three preseason games with hip arthritis) and Kelly Oubre (a rookie) to fill the void until he and Jared Dudley return.