The Washington Wizards are facing a bit of a crossroads with John Wall right now. Wall is set to earn $41,254,920 next season after missing a lot of time with multiple career-threatening injuries, so even though they’ve said that they want to build around him and Bradley Beal, maybe they’d be better off trying to move him.
Even if Wall hasn’t played for a while and despite his massive contract, he could still draw a lot of interest in the trade market as one of the most talented two-way point guards in the league, especially from teams trying to compete right away.
That’s why, now that he looks fully healthy, maybe the Washington Wizards will get a couple of calls about his availability, and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 best destinations for John Wall if they decide to trade him.
5. Chicago Bulls
Trade Package: Kris Dunn, Wendell Carter Jr, and Otto Porter for John Wall
The Chicago Bulls have put together a nice core and look a couple of players away from being able to compete for a top-4 spot in the Eastern Conference now that they’ve hired Billy Donovan. And while gambling on Wall could be a risk, they have enough assets to pull the trigger.
Kris Dunn is an outstanding defender and could still break out as a starter, and the Washington Wizards could definitely use his defense. Wendell Carter Jr and Otto Porter Jr would also significantly improve Washington’s defense and give them enough depth next to Rui Hachimura, Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant, and this year’s pick.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
Trade Package: Eric Bledsoe, and Brook Lopez for John Wall
The Milwaukee Bucks must make a couple of moves if they want to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo of signing his contract extension, and that means improving the point guard position. The owners vowed to go over the luxury tax to surround Giannis with the players he needs to lead them to a ring.
So, perhaps the Washington Wizards would gladly take a couple of veterans like Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez that could definitely lead them back to the playoffs next to Bradley Beal or they could even flip them for some draft assets, while the Bucks would have a perfect two-way player for their win-now mentality.
3. Philadelphia Sixers
Trade Package: Tobias Harris, and the 21st Pick for John Wall
The Philadelphia 76ers are going to make a huge splash in the offseason, that’s for sure. They’ve hired Doc Rivers and Daryl Morey and neither of them hasT ever hesitated to break out a roster and start from scratch. Also, they clearly need another playmaker behind or next to Ben Simmons.
The Sixers are reportedly looking to get Tobias Harris’ massive contract off their books, even if that means parting ways with draft capital. This way, the Wizards would land an efficient scorer from all three levels and a first-round pick for Wall.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
Trade Package: Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Landry Shamet, Rodney McGruder, and JaMychal Green for John Wall
Just like the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers will be one of the teams to watch in the offseason, as Tyronn Lue and Steve Ballmer know that their window to win a title could close in the blink of an eye and that there’s no more room for error.
The Clippers will reportedly address their point guard struggles in the offseason even if that means going through a roster overhaul. The Wizards would land a lot of valuable spare parts to flip for more assets or even try and make a playoff push, while Los Angeles would have one of the most intimidating, two-way Big Threes in the league.
1. New York Knicks
Trade Package: Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, and Frank Ntilikina for John Wall
We’ve fallen for this one countless times but this time, it seems like the New York Knicks are finally ready to make a splash in the market and land a marquee player that could get them over the hump, and landing John Wall would make a lot of sense for them.
The Knicks would not only land a top-tier playmaker in John Wall but they’d also get rid of Bobby Portis’ and Julius Randle’s deals. The Wizards would save a ton of money and could also land their point guard for the future in Frank Ntilikina.