Isaiah Livers Out for 2023-24 NBA Season Due to Hip Injury with Wizards

Washington Wizards forward Isaiah Livers will miss the rest of the 2023-24 season due to joint capsule inflammation in his right hip, with his injury being treated conservatively.

‣ Livers, who has not played since January 12 and was traded from Detroit to Washington in mid-January, has struggled with injuries throughout his career, including a significant foot injury during his senior year at the University of Michigan.

‣ Despite his challenges, Livers has made 94 career appearances in the NBA over three seasons, but his performance has been hampered by injuries, leading to career lows in shooting percentages this season.

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Oh, the Washington Wizards have hit a bit of a snag, folks. Isaiah Livers, their forward, is out for the rest of the 2023-24 season. Why? A nasty case of joint capsule inflammation in his right hip. That’s the word from the Wizards as of Monday.

They’re opting for a conservative treatment approach for Livers. The guy’s only 25 and hasn’t hit the court since a game on Jan. 12. That was with the Detroit Pistons, playing against the Houston Rockets.

In a bit of mid-January drama, Detroit sent Livers packing to Washington. Along with him went Marvin Bagley III and a couple of second-round draft picks. Their destination? A trade for Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala.

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, here’s a nugget for you. The Wizards? They’re sitting at 14th in the Eastern Conference odds for making the playoffs. And guess what? The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors are looking a bit shinier in the odds department.

“Injury Update: Isaiah Livers will miss the remainder of the regular season due to joint capsule inflammation in his right hip. The injury will be treated conservatively.” That’s straight from the Wizards’ Twitter feed, folks.

So, Livers is still waiting to make his grand entrance with the Wizards. Before this whole hip saga, he played 23 games for Detroit this season, starting six. His stats? Averaging 5.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and clocking in 20.4 minutes per game.

Remember the Lakers game on Nov. 29? Detroit took a beating, 133-107. But Livers? He shone with a season-high 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Not too shabby for 22 minutes off the bench.

Now, here’s a bit of a downer. Livers has been somewhat of an injury magnet since his college days. His shooting percentages before this latest injury were… let’s say, not great. Career lows across the board: 34.5% from the field, 28.6% from three, and 66.7% from the free-throw line.

The guy’s luck hasn’t been the best. An ankle sprain sidelined him for about a month after a pre-training camp workout mishap. His athleticism took a dive during his senior year at the University of Michigan, too. A stress injury to his right foot during a Big Ten tournament game against Maryland on March 13, 2021, really set him back.

Post-surgery on April 2, 2021, Livers was looking at a six-month recovery. That cut his rookie season short, limiting him to just 19 games with Detroit.

Three seasons into his NBA career, and Livers has only managed 94 appearances (33 starts). As for his future? If the Wizards decide to extend a qualifying offer of $2.29 million, he’ll be a restricted free agent this offseason. Let’s see how that plays out.

James Shotwell
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