Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi has had a rough tenure in the nation’s capital since he arrived in 2016. He’s often a punching line due to his four-year $64 million contract. After all, he hasn’t played much due to various injuries. And when he is available, Mahinmi is often too foul-prone to be effective.
On Wednesday, the Wizards listed Mahinmi as questionable before their game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Ian Mahinmi (Achilles) has been upgraded to QUESTIONABLE for #Wizards vs #76ers— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) December 4, 2019
With Thomas Bryant out for the next three weeks due to a foot injury, it’s imperative that the Wizards beef up their center rotation — even if they have to sign a free agent somewhere. They didn’t have a great showing last Tuesday in their loss to the Orlando Magic, and it’s not like Rui Hachimura was ever meant to play the five.
Anyway, how does Mahinmi feel about his tenure as a Wizard? He actually views things with a more optimistic lens than some might think.
Mahinmi has practiced with the Capital City Go-Go for the last week as he gets ready for his return. And in an interview with NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes, Mahinmi also said that “there’s still a lot of chapters left to be written” with his career in Washington.
Here’s hoping that Mahinmi returns sooner rather than later, because really, I do think he should have an opportunity to get some playing time, especially with the center rotation being as thin as it is. It’s better than having to ask other players on G-League assignment like Admiral Schofield to play two games in a day which can also put him at risk of an injury.