Since the slip and fall in his home that tore his Achilles tendon, John Wall’s future in the league has been shrouded with doubt. Even more so, folks question his tenure with the Wizards, in particular, who are now stuck paying “The Flash” over $170 million over the next four years.
In response to this unfortunate reality, you can expect the Wizards to be very active in trying to move that contract before this season’s NBA trade deadline. In fact, word on the street is that they have already tried.
No takers have stepped up so far, but it doesn’t mean some won’t appear in time. In a recent article by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, he suggests that the Pistons could be one of those teams if they find themselves willing to take the chance on the 5x All-Star.
“Detroit makes sense as a suitor since it is not projected to have much cap space next summer to provide help around Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond and has had trouble attracting star free agents to begin with. Perhaps the only way to make a significant jump in the East is to take a gamble on a player like Wall to regain his All-Star form.”
In return, the Pistons could send Reggie Jackson, Langston Galloway, and Tony Snell. While not the most lucrative haul for a player once considered a top 5 guard in the game, unloading John Wall’s binding contract and locker-room noise would allow the Wizards to rebuild the roster around Beal and give them cap flexibility going forward.
As for Detroit, they have nothing to lose at this point. They’d get to keep their core of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. If Wall becomes a star again than they might have one of the most dangerous teams in the East. Still, taking him on is a big risk — there is no guarantee he will return to his previous form.
When last healthy, John Wall averaged 23 points and 0ver 10 assists per game on 45% shooting. Over the course of the past two seasons, his stats dropped along with his games played, totaling just 73 out of 164 in that stretch.