Wizards fans were in a complete frenzy this weekend amid rumors that the Wizards were even considering dealing star point guard John Wall to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook. To add salt to the wounds, it was even stated that the loyal and committed Wall is the one who wanted out of D.C.
Shams Charania, NBA reporter for The Athletic, threw us all for a loop when this tweet came out. The fanbase expressed confusion, devastation and disapproval on Twitter all week long. Everyone waited for the story to grow, wondering if seeing John Wall in a Wizards uniform again would ever happen. The last time John Wall played was December 26, 2018, nearly two years ago.
On a Zoom call Monday, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard denied that a trade involving Wall was in the works.
“There’s no plans to trade John. Obviously, it’s unfortunate that this time of year, I think the bait-and-tackle shop is wide open for business. There are a lot of people that get excited on the internet or whatnot,” Sheppard said.
Sheppard went on to discuss training camp plans, the re-signing of Davis Bertans and other various topics. One that stuck out concerned the Wall-Beal Dynamic.
“I can’t wait to see those two together again.” Sheppard stated.
Yesterday John Wall hosted his Thanksgiving Day Assist event in Southeast DC. Wall donated 1,000 hot meals to residents, along $25 gift cards to the first 150 people who showed up.
Prior to the event, Wall was made available for questions. ABC7 sports anchor Scott Abraham asked Wall if he did request a trade. Wall answers, “No comment. I didn’t. No comment.”
“All I can say is this man, I worked my tail off all summer to prepare myself for the season and that’s all I’m focused on.” Wall said.
For now, it looks like Wizards fans will get their wish. John Wall will be joining Bradley Beal again, and we will get a look to see how he meshes with Davis Bertans.
While John Wall has previously stated his desire to bring a championship to D.C., he added yesterday that while his relationship with Sheppard is great, he understands that the business aspect will play itself out.
“It’s been cool; just talking,” Wall said of his relationship with Sheppard. “Talk and try to figure things out. That’s the best we can do. We all understand it’s a business.”Per Ava Wallace, Washington Post