NBA trade rumors have been circulating about Washington Wizards superstar point guard John Wall ever since his admission that he and Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal have a “tendency to dislike each other on the court,” as detailed by Sports Illustrated. Several teams have been mentioned in the rumor mill as possible suitors for Wall, including the Detroit Pistons (per iTech Post).
Stanley Johnson, the Pistons’ second-year small forward, has also recently entered the NBA trade rumors conversation. According to Bleacher Report, the team is not pleased with the lack of progress that Johnson has shown since his rookie season, particularly on the offensive end of the court. Head coach Stan Van Gundy was very candid when asked about the issues the Pistons have with Stanley Johnson.
“He’s got to be a better practice guy. He’s got to be a better workout guy. He’s got to be better with all that stuff. Really working to get better. Once he’s out there competing, you don’t have a problem with that. He’ll play as hard as anybody, but he’s got to understand that’s not the whole thing. It’s preparing to play.”
The latest NBA trade rumors are suggesting that a deal between the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards may be in the cards. The scenario that is being discussed online would have the Pistons acquiring John Wall, and in exchange, the Wizards would receive point guard Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson and two future first-round draft picks. This would be a legal transaction per the ESPN NBA Trade Machine, so it is a legitimate possibility from that standpoint.
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The Detroit Pistons would enjoy an obvious upgrade at point guard by adding John Wall, but when Reggie Jackson is healthy and playing well, he is a very good player in his own right (18.8 points and 6.2 assists per game last season). Jackson has struggled with injuries in the early part of the 2016-17 campaign, and he is still rounding his game into shape after returning from knee and thumb injuries.
Stanley Johnson is having a tough time adjusting to the NBA game, but it seems a bit early to give up on the six-foot-seven, 245-pound forward. Johnson clearly has talent and is already showing that he is a very good defensive player at the NBA level. If this trade did go through, Detroit would have Marcus Morris to man the small forward position (he’s starting ahead of Johnson at the present time).
The Washington Wizards would have something to gain by making this trade, but Stanley Johnson’s fit could be a problem. The Wizards have small forward Otto Porter playing well in his fourth year, and they also have former first-round pick Kelly Oubre backing him up. One thing that could make this more attractive for Washington is the fact that Porter is in the final year of his contract, so Stanley Johnson could conceivably have a place in the Wizards’ lineup if Otto Porter does not return after this season. It shouldn’t be forgotten that the Wizards are to receive two first-round draft choices as part of this rumored proposal as well.
Current NBA trade rumors are swirling that the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards could be considering a deal involving John Wall. The Pistons would probably feel the price was a little too high and pass, even though the temptation to obtain a star like John Wall would be hard to resist. The overall value would be reasonable for the Wizards, but the likelihood is that they would stick with John Wall unless the situation in Washington gets completely out of hand.
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