John Wall, the All-Star point guard, could be pushing for a trade out of Washington, especially if the Wizards don’t return to the playoffs this coming season, per several reports.
Last season, the Wizards (41-41) missed out on a postseason berth just a year after finishing strongly with the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, besides a second round appearance in the playoffs.
Many analysts feel the Wizards took backward steps in their progression mainly due to injuries suffered by backcourt stars Wall and Bradley Beal.
Even though Wall appeared in 78 games, he didn’t perform at an All-Stat level as the Wizards missed the postseason for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
After the 2015-16 season, the former No.1 overall pick underwent surgeries on both his knees.
On Monday, Wall made his preseason debut against the New York Knicks. He played just 16 minutes for his 8 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds as the Wizards lost 90-88.
John Wall wants out?
Even though it seems like Wall and the Wizards will last through the 2016-17 season, it’s not wise to rule out a possible deadline trade.
Wall has often spoke of his ambitions to play for a championship contender. And it seems like the Wizards, despite the hiring of new coach Scott Brooks, are a number of years away from elite status.
In the meantime, Wall is hoping to recover quickly from his injuries are return to an All-Star level.
“I just want to go out there and play basketball, If I have an injury and I come back, I don’t think about it. I just go play. When you think about it, you don’t do well,” the floor general said ahead of Monday’s game.
Coach Brooks realizes that his team’s fortunes depend on Wall.
“We’re excited about it (his return). He’s been really putting in a lot of great work in and all the work that he’s put in with the staff over the summer, it’s paid off.
“I think he wants to get out there and play,” added Brooks.
John Wall’s backcourt partner, Bradley Beal, just made a five-year commitment to the Wizards this offseason. But there have been talks of a rift between the two and could force the Wizards to trade one of the two.
How long before John Wall wants out of Washington?