John Wall hasn’t played in a game since the 2018-2019 NBA season. Wall, 30, has been rumored to be in trade talks with other teams. Wizards general manager, Tommy Shepard, denied speculation that Wall requested a trade out of Washington, but given the team’s recent decline, the former 1st overall pick may be on the move. Before his Achilles injury, Wall averaged 19 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 8.7 assists in his career with the Wizards. Which five teams could be interested in the former All-Star point guard?
The Pistons drafted Killian Hayes in the 2020 NBA draft, but could still use an upgrade in the backcourt. Wall’s gigantic contract for the 2020 season, and beyond, will be a problem getting off the books. The Pistons would have to send forward, Blake Griffin, in return for Wall. Detroit might also look to trade another player like Rodney McGruder to Washington, to make up for Wall’s salary. The Pistons will likely have to include a draft pick or two as well. Wall would be a key piece for the Pistons in the future.
Houston has been linked to Wall, and a potential trade can happen. If the Rockets want Wall to play alongside James Harden, they will have to trade away Russell Westbrook. Wall and Westbrook’s base salary for the 2020-2021 season is very similar. If a Westbrook and Wall swap were to happen, neither team would have to give up other key pieces in the deal. A role player on the Wizards bench or a low valued draft pick might also be sent to Houston.
Orlando is in need of a point guard despite having serviceable ball handlers. The team can use an upgrade from Markelle Fultz. Evan Fournier or Terrence Ross will likely be traded to Washington for Wall. Fultz could also be on the move. The Magic will have to give up more pieces and draft picks for Wall, due to the salary cap issue. The Magic were the Eastern Conference’s 8th seed last year, and with the addition of Wall, Orlando could move up in the standings.
The Jazz might not be the most likely destination for Wall, but Utah can package up the right deal. Mike Conley will more than likely be included in the trade. Conley’s huge contract will make up for Wall’s salary. Forward, Joe Ingles, could also be dealt. The Jazz will have to include draft picks for Wall. Utah was already a playoff team, and if they can add Wall to the team, they will improve. Wall being sent to Utah will probably show that the Wizards want to shed his contract, and build the team in a different way.
Dallas would be one of the dark horses to land John Wall. The Mavericks have Luka Doncic, but he doesn’t have to play point guard. Dallas reportedly has been looking for a third star to play alongside Kristaps Porzingis, and Doncic. The Mavericks may look to move on from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dwight Powell, who are both on relatively expensive deals. Dallas will be another team that will be forced to package up picks if they want to acquire Wall.
John Wall is set to return this upcoming season. At the moment he is a member of the Washington Wizards. However, he could end up on a new team in a matter of time. The Pistons, Rockets, Magic, Jazz and Mavericks are all possible organizations that can trade for John Wall.