Washington Wizards All-Star guard John Wall could soon be making his home in a city not known as the Nation’s Capital, as rumors persist he could be taking his talents to Miami as part of a deal that could land Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson with the Heat.
With the Wizards’ off to a disappointing 3-8 start and Wall on the record with his admission that he and star backcourt mate Bradley Beal styles often clash to the point where they don’t always like each other, top brass officials are thought to be seriously mulling the idea of going in another direction.
Several media outlets are reporting a future Heat first-round draft pick could also be part of the deal and it could all go down prior to the fast-approaching trade deadline.
The 26-year-old Wall is averaging team highs of 23 points and eight assists, but none of it has made a difference where it matters most for the Wiz, losers of three of their last four by an average of double digits.
All the veteran guard’s frustrations recently boiled over when he was ejected from back to back games and slapped with a $25,000 fine for bumping referee Marc Davis after a foul call in the second of those encounters.
Wall isn’t the only perennial All-Star whose time of starring in the uniform he opened the season in could be up.
New Orleans’ veteran center Anthony Davis could also soon find himself on the move, with the Celtics rumored to be among the team’s most in play for the services of the 23-year-old star.
One rumor has Davis and guard Tim Frazier being traded to Boston for a package of rookie Jaylen Brown, two first-round draft picks and young vets Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson
Though the price is steep, in Davis Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge finally envisions the team having the kind of superstar talent needed to make his team legitimate Eastern Conference challengers to LeBron James and the defending champion Cavs. Over the Pelicans first 13 games, Davis (31 ppg, 11 rebounds) and Frazier (11 points, eight assists) have combined to average 42 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Meanwhile in Sacramento, the Kings are thought to be inching closer to finally pulling the plug on a long rumored blockbuster deal involving All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.
“I’d say they have three months, tops,” one Western Conference GM said of the window the Kings have in pulling off a deal for their volatile big man. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the (February trade) deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”
Minority team owner Shaquille O’Neal recently gave credence to all the rumblings by sharing, “I’m hearing talk of, if things don’t start to become correct then they may be looking to go in a different direction.”
The 26-year-old has career averages of 26.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, but the Kings have failed to post a winning record or qualify for the postseason in each of his six seasons as six different head coaches have come and gone over that span.
The Kings have started out 4-8 this season and have dropped four straight and seven of their last nine. Cousins has a year remaining on his deal, which pays him an average of $18 million through the end of the 2017 season.
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