The Wizards! Ohhh, man. The Wiz have really tried to make this roster work. They were super fortunate to draft two franchise players—albeit two that work better separately than together—but every year it’s the same story. Each season some sort of locker room drama is reported (almost always involving John Wall), a Band-Aid is slapped on it, and then the Wizards proceed to underachieve in spite of a talented roster in a weak conference.
After first showing potential in 2014, advancing to the second round when Wall was 23 and Beal just 20, the Wizards have been leapfrogged by the Sixers, Celtics, Pacers, and Bucks. And after giving it the old college try (signing Dwight Howard) this offseason, it’s become clear that this roster, with its current core, is not going to compete for a title — let alone a conference title — ever.
Last summer, management opted for the easy decision, choosing John Wall over Marcin Gortat. But as rumors of the unstable relationship between Wall and Beal continue to bubble, the team will likely (and should) favor the younger, more well-rounded Beal over Wall, whose ball-stopping style has prevented him from cultivating the healthy relationships one would expect between a five-time All-Star point guard and the rest of the team.
But even if the Wizards accept that trading Wall in favor of some youth is the answer, the unfortunate reality is that there are much fewer suitors for him than in past years. Shockingly, the guard who is adverse to ”sitting at home and being boring” has never developed a consistent jump shot and GMs are wising up when it comes to adding guards who can’t space the floor (and have a fat contract). Sadly, it’s a lost cause for the Wiz to try but they’re more than a few steps from a proper tank.
However, lucky for Wall and the Wizards, we do know a GM with assets to spare that loves guards with a history of poor shooting numbers and rocky locker room culture, and they’re both signed to the same agency.