REPORT: Wizards Showing Willingness To Trade John Wall & Bradley Beal
Whatever worked in the past with the Washington Wizards is no longer working during the 2018-2019 season and the Washington Wizards are not going to just sit around and watch this season go to waste without making a move.
Currently sitting at 5-11 and in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards front office has started to deliver teams an impression that every player on their roster is up for a trade, including John Wall and Bradyley Beal, according to ESPN.
“Washington’s preference remains to reshape the team around Wall and Beal, but poor play among key teammates is limiting their trade value and paralyzing the Wizards’ efforts to make meaningful changes to a roster that no longer appears functional together, league sources said.
While Washington hasn’t shopped its All-Star backcourt, it is rapidly becoming apparent to the organization that it needs to start considering overtures for them.
Beal, 25, could turn out to be the guard with the most value on the trade market — with his 3-point shooting ability, a more manageable contract, and being three years younger than Wall. Wall’s contract extension starts in 2019-20, which will average $42 million annually over the next four years.”
“We got to just play with more enthusiasm, more effort, more energy,” Head coach Scott Brooks told reporters on Sunday night after back-to-back home losses to Brooklyn and Portland this weekend. “It’s embarrassing.”
Wall is a five-time All-Star who has been a favorite of ownership. It will be interesting to see if the Lakers might pull the trigger on some of their young talent to get either player on the squad.