It seems a little bit of a rift has formed within the Washington Wizards roster after their first-round defeat to the Toronto Raptors.
Only a day after their Game 6 loss to Toronto, star point guard John Wall has already begun to make comments regarding the talent of their current personnel, and has suggested some changes for next season after a disappointing end to the year.
Usually when a player is frustrated with the lack of moves their front office is making, they'll sometimes make public statements, but choose to generalize things -- "We need more shooting on this team," or "We really need a playmaker who can get other guys going" -- but rarely do you see a player come out and call out current teammates that should be replaced.
"Just got to add some pieces," Wall said. "A lot, to be honest. There's a lot that we can use ... I think it's pretty obvious. I don't need to point it out. I think the way the league is going, you need athletic bigs, you need scoring off the bench, you need all of those types of things. We don't really have an athletic big. I mean, Ian [Mahinmi] is older. [Marcin Gortat] is older. They're not athletic guys, but they do the little things that permit their game to help as much as possible."
Obviously, there has been some friction between Wall and Gortat in the past this season, with Gortat mentioning on Twitter earlier on in the season how the Wizards managed to play better when Wall was out with an injury.
After these comments however, if the Wizards want to hold onto their All-Star point guard, they may have to part ways with Gortat this offseason.