Report: Wizards willing to listen to trade offers for John Wall, Bradley Beal

Josh Luckenbaugh
November 19, 2018 - 11:23 am
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Off to a terrible 5-11 start, the Wizards are now open to listen to trade offers for John Wall or Bradley Beal, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"As the Washington Wizards' season spirals, the franchise has started to deliver teams an impression that every player on their roster -- including All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal -- is available to discuss in trade scenarios," Wojnarowski wrote Monday.

"The Wizards have resisted including Wall or Beal into previous trade talks, including discussions that they held for the league's past two available stars, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, league sources said," he continued. 

"While Washington hasn't shopped its All-Star backcourt, it is rapidly becoming apparent to the organization that it needs to start considering overtures for them."

The Wizards have tried to shop Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Wojnarowski also reports, but neither have generated much interest on the trade market. 

Washington endured a terrible weekend, losing to the Nets and Trail Blazers, head coach Scott Brooks calling his team's effort "embarrassing" in Sunday's 119-109 defeat to Portland.

With a tough stretch looming against teams like the Raptors, Pelicans, Rockets and 76ers, the Wizards' position in the standings is likely to get worse before it gets better. Thus, it's not surprising to hear Washington will listen to offers for either of their two All-Star guards.

But as Wojnarowski points out, Wall in particular has a massive contract that could be tough to move. 

"Beal, 25, could turn out to be the guard with the most value on the trade market -- with his three-point shooting ability, a more manageable contract, and being three younger than Wall," he writes. 

"Wall's contract extension starts in 2019-20, which will average $42 million annually over the next four years. What further complicates moving Wall is the inclusion of a 15 percent trade kicker in his deal."

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