There have been rumblings of John Wall’s availability league-wide. This doesn’t mean there’s a locker available with the New York Knicks.
The Washington Wizards are free falling out of contention, after signing point guard John Wall to a four-year extension worth $170 million.
Now, they’ve made the point guard, among other core players available in trade talks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the report.
“As the Washington Wizards’ season spirals, the franchise is making every player on its roster — including All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal — available to discuss in trade scenarios, league sources told ESPN on Monday.”
As is always the case when any point guard becomes available, the Knicks were immediately linked to the former number one pick. Marc Berman of the New York Post reported rumblings of a potential deal being put together:
“Some in the league believe the Knicks are stocking up their young assets and will make a major play for Wall if he becomes available.”
The roller coaster of reports continued, as ESPN’s Ian Begley was quick to dismiss any Knicks interest in a John Wall deal:
Knicks haven’t had any internal discussions about a potential trade for John Wall; a report earlier said there was belief around the NBA that NYK would make a significant push for a Wall deal. Also, teams are interested in Damyean Dotson, but BK & DET haven’t reached out to NYK.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 6, 2018
Now, all is quiet on the trade front. Washington is 11-16 after dropping two games on the road, placing them 10th in the Eastern Conference.
The New York Knicks, even at 8-20, are better off without John Wall. His tenure is best lived out in Washington, watching New York thrive.
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