On Tuesday, Quinton Mayo reported that Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura was seen at the MedStar Health Performance Center for team workouts. It is possibly the first time that Hachimura has been seen by teammates this season, based on a previous report last week that Mayo had stating that teammates weren’t aware of what he was doing.
Rui Hachimura's workout today was the first time teammates had seen him in the gym this season, per source. Today, Hachimura also spent time catching up with team leaders – a step in the right direction.— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) November 2, 2021
I wrote about Hachimura's absence over the weekend ⬇️ https://t.co/9MQtU7u3cZ
Troy Halliburton of The Washington City Paper followed up that report stating that the Wizards were in regular contact with Hachimura and that he was on schedule with his individual workouts.
“Rui is progressing daily and comes to the facility regularly. He is working on conditioning and putting in court time - all part of a return to play plan that Wes refers to each time asked.” - A front office source with DIRECT knowledge of Rui’s situation with the Wizards.— Troy Haliburton (@TroyHalibur) October 30, 2021
This is good news for Hachimura and the Wizards. The forward has been reported to have lost some weight, which may not be a good thing if it was muscle. It’s also Wes Unseld, Jr.’s first year coaching the team and it’s important that he be on the court with his teammates for as much as possible.
Based on previous reports, Hachimura may still not be able to play games until late November or December. Given Washington’s good start, it’s best that the team not rush Hachimura’s return unnecessarily.