Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn left ACL, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bryant will miss the rest of the season and now faces a nine-to-12 month recovery timetable.
The 23-year-old had emerged as one of the team’s best offensive weapons along with stars Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.
Bryant was averaging 14.3 points (career-high), 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 64.8 percent from the field.
The Wizards will now rely more on centers Robin Lopez and Moe Wagner.
With Bryant out, Lopez will likely be the starter, but this paves the way for Wagner more than anyone, notes Chase Hughes of NBCSports Washington.
The Wizards will likely apply for a Disabled Player Exception with the loss of Bryant, as they don’t have an open roster spot, per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.