NBA Trade Rumors: Wizards Trading John Wall?
Calm down Washington Wizards fans. John Wall won’t be switching jerseys anytime soon.Advertisement
A recent trade report linking Wall to the Detroit Pistons turned out to be untrue. The sham deal featured eight players, four teams and four first-round draft picks.
According to NBC Sports, the fake trade consisted of the Wizards shipping Wall and Markieff Morris to the Pistons. The Capitol Hill squad would then receive a first-round draft pick from the Pistons, sophomore center Jahlil Okafor from the Philadelphia 76ers plus Brandon Knight and T.J. Warren from the Phoenix Suns.
The 76ers would acquire Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson. The other trade pieces from Detroit would go the Suns. These are Reggie Bullock, Tobias Harris and a first-round draft pick.
76ers beat writer Tom Moore took to social media to debunk the four-team trade. On his official Twitter account, he said a reliable source from within the league denied that there were any trade talks involving Jahlil Okafor and Reggie Jackson.
The blockbuster swap falls apart without the biggest trade chips from the 76ers and Pistons. It’s highly unlikely that the Wizards would give up its franchise cornerstone in exchange for rotational players like Brandon Knight and T.J. Warren.
The John Wall trade rumors continue to persist because of the apparent friction between him and back court partner Bradley Beal. Their competitive nature sometimes gets in the way of team chemistry.
Wall has a knack for criticizing underperforming teammates. On the other hand, Beal has been known to take on-court criticisms personally.
There is also a rift regarding their salaries. Earlier this offseason, the Wizards signed Beal to a five-year, $127 million extension. The contract made him one of the highest paid players in the NBA.
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Wall challenged Beal to put up better numbers starting next season. He wants the 6-foot-5 shooting guard to be on the same level as him.
“If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine,” Wall told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “Some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us.”