At the beginning of the season, the Washington Wizards were doing significantly worse than expected prior to the season. Chemistry issues between guards John Wall and Bradley Beal were what made most of the negative impact towards the team’s success early on. Many Wizards fans believed that one of the two players should be traded, as they still had great trade value.
Wizards general manager, Ernie Grunfeld is a manager who is commonly known for his style of management: Focusing on getting good players via the draft and relying on player progression. Because of this, Grunfeld isn’t known for making too many risks or impactful trades.
It may be too late now, if Grunfeld is looking to save the success of the Washington Wizards. On Saturday, it was announced that point guard John Wall would be out for 6-8 months with an achilles tendon injury in his left heel. The 2018-2019 NBA season is almost at a midway point, with the playoff picture starting to fall into place. The Wizards are currently holding a record of 14-23: eleventh in the eastern conference and 4 games back of a playoff spot.
A rule in the NBA states that a player shall not be dealt to another team via trade while they are injured. This prevents the Wizards from obtaining a quality player in exchange for John Wall, who’s level of play has slightly decreased this season. It’s unlikely that Beal would be traded, though, because Beal is still very young and has a lot of potential. On the other hand, John Wall is in the middle of his prime, at the age of 28, and most likely will not get much better than he already has become.
As a huge factor in the success of the Washington Wizards, it’s without a doubt that Wall will be missed by his teammates and Wizards fans alike.
This season, Wall averaged 20.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 8.7 APG and 44.4 FG% while playing a heavy 34.5 MPG.