6 trade packages for Wizards star John Wall

Dan Mennella
November 21, 2020 - 3:32 pm

Is the John Wall era over in Washington?

The former No. 1 overall pick has reportedly told the team his preference is to move on.

The twist comes days after it was reported that the Wizards had discussed a swap with the Rockets that would have sent Wall to Houston in exchange for Russell Westbrook, though that deal is said to have "stalled."

Wall, now 30, last played in Dec. 2018 after suffering an Achilles injury, but he is expected to be back on the court when the 2020-21 season tips off next month.

The Kentucky product has three years and a whopping $130M remaining on his contract, which, combined with his long layoff, will likely make a trade difficult to pull off.

But players of Wall's talent don't become available very often, and already it is known that at least one team had interest in bringing him aboard.

Here's more on that and several other landing spots that could potentially make sense for the five-time All-Star.

New York Knicks

The Knicks have reportedly been kicking the tires on adding a veteran point guard, with separate stories tying them to Chris Paul and Westbrook in recent months. Paul is now in Phoenix, while the Rockets are taking their time with Westbrook.

Wall's injury history combined with his penchant for making headlines for the wrong reasons would make him a dubious choice for a rebooting Knicks franchise, but with copious cap space and a barren cupboard, there's a fit at least on paper.

A package of Julius Randle, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith and Reggie Bullock could get it done, according to ESPN's Trade Machine. Unloading Randle would also free up minutes for lottery pick Obi Toppin.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors responded to the loss of Klay Thompson by promptly acquiring small forward Kelly Oubre from Oklahoma City, but it's fair to wonder whether they're satisfied with their retooling so far.

Oubre's acquisition seemingly signals a lack of confidence in Andrew Wiggins, another former No. 1 overall pick whom they acquired at the trade deadline for D'Angelo Russell.

If the Warriors do in fact want to unload Wiggins, they could conceivably have a trade partner in Washington. Wall's deep shooting has always been an issue, which wouldn't seem to be a fit in Golden State's system, but as an athletic dynamo he could fit in as far as helping to push the tempo.

A package of Wiggins, Alen Smailagic, and Jordan Poole gets the green light from the Trade Machine.

Houston Rockets

As mentioned above, there's already some smoke to this rumor. The teams have reportedly discussed a swap of Westbrook for Wall, which would be an epic exchange of household names and albatross contracts.

A straight one-for-one deal would get it done.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons drafted their point guard of the future in Killian Hayes, and still have Derrick Rose under contract for a year.

But they also still have Blake Griffin's hefty salary on the books. It's hard to imagine why a rebuilding team would want to bring in Wall at this point in his career, but Rose has only one year left on his deal, and Hayes is unproven.

This one also gets approved as a one-for-one.

Charlotte Hornets

Are the Hornets trying to build a contender? It certainly appears so, judging on the massive contract they reportedly doled out to former Jazz and Celtics star Gordon Hayward.

That move comes on the heels of drafting presumed franchise point guard LaMelo Ball third overall this week. Not a bad few days, but it feels like there should more to come in order for these moves to make some sense.

Wall's probably not the first guy who comes to mind as an ideal fit for any team, but if the Hornets are willing to experiment then there are worse players they could roll the dice on than the Raleigh native.

The Wizards could get it done by taking back Nicolas Batum's expiring $27M, along with guard Malik Monk, the Trade Machine says.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls, now under a new front office and coach, are tough to read at this point in the offseason. They pulled a minor surprise by drafting Patrick Williams fourth overall, while reports have indicated they have rebuffed teams checking in on star guard Zach LaVine.

In any event, Otto Porter's hefty contract is one outstanding point of interest from the last regime. The veteran combo forward, owed about $28.5M in the final year of his deal, has played in just 29 games with the Bulls since they acquired him from the Wizards in a midseason trade in 2018.

There's no reason to think the Bulls would unload Porter's expiring deal -- only to lock in a questionable player at the same rate for two additional years. But they do need to find minutes for Williams and others in what is already a crowded front court, and there are only so many other trade partners who could make the money work on a contract like Porter's.

Is Washington willing to bring Porter back in order to unload Wall? If so, an offer of Porter and Chandler Hutchinson could get it done, according to the Trade Machine.

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