John Wall Fined For Cursing At Scott Brooks: All-Star Leaving Washington Wizards?
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 22, 2018,
Nov 22, 2018, 1:40
After Wall and his teammates had been challenged to raise intensity in that session, Wall fired back with "F- you", to Brooks. And with both confrontations occurring before today's news about the franchise's willingness to trade key players like Beal and Wall, it's easy to speculate about the part that they played in the decision.
Heading into the season, Wall thought that the Wizards would be among the East's elite, but things clearly haven't turned out that way.
Washington Wizards have a 5-11 record (5-11 against the spread) so far this season and now sit in the 11 place of the East. Amid the slow start, trade rumors have begun centering around both John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Wizards are also hoping that Otto Porter and/or Kelly Oubre could net them a third star in a trade, though interest league-wide has been low, per Wojnarowski. They are presently the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference.
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The Wizards' struggles this season, however, have left management with no choice but to explore every option available to them. The Wizards were finishing up a turbulent practice that included verbal disagreements between Beal and Austin Rivers as well as Jeff Green and John Wall, sources told The Athletic. Wall is a guy, when focused, who can lift up the entire team with his jet speed and his energy on the court.
Why would the Pistons be interested in trading for a high-end option like Wall or Beal?
Wall, a 28-year-old five-time All-Star, would be harder to deal. They were defeated 119-109 by the Trail Blazers at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. While he can incite a team, the injury concerns and the fact he has a four-year, $139 million contract extension kicking in next season could scare some teams away from taking a chance on him.