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Wizards rookie Deni Avdija reportedly out for season with hairline fracture

Israeli taken off court in a wheelchair; posts message to fans thanking them for their support, vowing to come back ‘stronger than ever’

Deni Avdija #9 of the Washington Wizards reacts after an apparent injury during the first half against the Golden State Warriors at Capital One Arena on April 21, 2021 in Washington, DC (Will Newton / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Deni Avdija #9 of the Washington Wizards reacts after an apparent injury during the first half against the Golden State Warriors at Capital One Arena on April 21, 2021 in Washington, DC (Will Newton / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious injury to his lower right leg Wednesday night that reportedly has ended his season.

Avdija landed awkwardly after missing a layup late in the second quarter against Golden State. He lay on the floor for several minutes and teammate Jordan Bell came off the bench to cover his lower leg with a jersey so the rookie wouldn’t see the extent of the injury.

Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel.

An ESPN report said Avdija would be out for the season after suffering a hairline fracture to his ankle.

Shortly after the game, Avdija posted a story on his Instagram account in which he wrote, “Thank u everybody for the prayers and support. I’ll be back better and stronger than ever.”

Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year’s draft.

The 6-foot-9 small forward is averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds this season.

Avdija has had an up-and-down rookie season, in part because of contracting COVID-19, which sidelined him for three weeks in January.

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