John Wall wants to be traded by Wizards

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Rumors of a potential trade involving Washington Wizards star John Wall have been bubbling up for several days now, and that is probably fine with him. Wall has reportedly made it clear that he wants out of D.C. prior to next season.

On Friday, Shams Charania of Stadium reported that Wall has told the Wizards that he wants to be traded. That comes while a blockbuster trade between the Wizards and the Houston Rockets — involving Wall and Russell Westbrook — is being discussed.

“As Rockets/Wizards talks on Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall stall, Wall has made it clear he wants trade out of Washington to happen, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium,” Charania tweeted.

According to Charania, the Rockets and Wizards have been in talks about a potential deal involving Westbrook and Wall. Charania did note that it hasn’t picked up too much steam yet as Houston tries to acquire more assets.

Wall has been with the Wizards since the franchise drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Wall missed the entire 2019-20 season due to injury, but he has been an All-Star five times throughout his career as he’s averaged 19.0 points and 9.2 assists per game in nine years.

Prior to beginning his NBA career, Wall played one season with the Kentucky Wildcats. He was brilliant in that year as he averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game. At the end of that season, he was named the SEC Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American.

The Rockets have also been in the news quite a bit of late as their their two biggest names — Westbrook and James Harden — are on the trading block. Harden reportedly turned down $50 million per season — the richest contract in NBA history — to push his case to team ownership, ESPN reports. Potential suitors include the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, who are believed to be Harden’s top two destinations.

ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Harden has had recent conversations with Brooklyn stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving about the possibility of teaming up in the East as a feared threesome. Sources confirmed to Wojnarowski that Houston tried offering Harden maximum money — two years, $103 million — on top of his current deal, and he declined.

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