Washington Mystics center, Shakira Austin, had a successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in her hip. This past season, Austin sustained a hip strain injury in the June 25 game against the New York Liberty where she had to be carried off the court.
The initial timeline for her absence was at least three weeks but she was out for two months and returned to play in August on limited minutes. However in a game playing the Las Vegas Aces, she re-injured her hip and eventually missed the postseason where the Mystics lost 2-0 in the playoffs to the New York Liberty.
Austin, in the 2023 season her second season at that, averaged 10 points a game and seven rebounds in 19 games played. With the recovery period being at least four to six months, Austin most likely will not be in uniform when the 2024 season begins. It’s possible she could make an appearance mid-way through the season around late-June or mid-July but only time will tell.
It’s only December, but it may be best for the Mystics to keep an eye out for another power forward or center in the WNBA Draft or in free agency to take over for Austin while she’s out.