It’s a different year, same talks surrounding the Washington Wizards this offseason. John Wall and Bradley Beal, despite injuries giving them a hard time, have been one of the better combos of guards around the NBA over the years.
If it wasn’t for those two, the Wizards would’ve been playing for odds of getting the top pick in the NBA Draft in recent seasons. Although they shine bright for Washington’s hoops team, the Wizards still struggle to get into championship contention.
Typically, when a mediocre team employs two borderline stars — contending teams come calling for them. Beal and Wall have received tons of trade interest in recent years, but the Wizards never let go.
For a moment, it seemed that 2020 might be the year. On Friday night, as the free agency market opened up, there have been talks about a possible blockbuster trade between the Wizards and the Houston Rockets.
In said trade, the Wizards would receive Russell Westbrook and the Rockets would get Wall in return. According to reports, Wall told the Wizards he would like to be traded just like Westbrook did the same with the Rockets.
Just as the Wall rumor made its way to the public, the Wizards’ front office has begun to deny any possible trade discussions involving the veteran guard.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard mentioned that Wall never requested a trade. In fact, the Wizards’ GM insists everybody is on the “same wave” within the organization regarding the 30-year-old guard.
Just as we thought Wall could finally get a change of scenery after being in D.C. for the last ten years, the Wizards’ front office shoots the idea down.