Nene injury update: Wizards big man could return by season opener

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Suffering through plantar fasciitis, Nene could be ready for season opener on Oct. 30.

Washington Wizards big man Nene is making progress toward starting the season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 30, according to the Washington Post.

While the Wizards left Brooklyn to travel to Toronto for their game against the Raptors on Wednesday, Nene flew to Baltimore to have his plantar fasciitis checked out by a physician and to get fitted for orthotics.

Coach Randy Wittman spoke with Nene and he "said things are going in the right direction with his movement," Wittman said.

Wittman said Nene is "going to be able to maybe start getting some shots up and get on the floor a little bit." Wittman called it a "positive report" on 10-year veteran.

Nene missed 10 games last season because of plantar fasciitis. He appeared in 11 games for the Wizards after being traded from the Denver Nuggets in March.

Between Washington and Denver last season, Nene averaged 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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