Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Could John Wall be missing from this picture when he returns from injury?
For once the Wizards have a healthy team and new coach to start the season, this must mean good things lie ahead right? Well based on the comments from the players today, but the biggest thing that has been swirling around this week is whether John Wall is going to stay in D.C and possible trade rumors to the Detroit Pistons.
There are at least two trade scenarios that could work between the Wizards and Pistons. Why trade wall when Beal is healthy and this could be the best 2 guard team in the the Eastern Conference? Some say his overall fit with shooting guard Bradley Beal has been a struggle, Wall could use the change of scenery. If you are wondering why the Washington Wizards would trade John Wall now, look no further than the ginormous contract the team gave Beal in the off season. Only problem for Beal, he has not played more than 50 games in a Wizards uniform yet.
Wizards Head Coach again talked about whether Wall would return with the Wizards when he is healthy.
“I don’t like to put a timetable [on it] because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt. He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind.”
“Right now, we are going to get started with what we have tomorrow and see what these team has. We have a lot of new additions including that of Ian Mahinmi and we can just see how the preseason goes and make some adjustments as necessary,” said Brooks. Mahinmi will spell some relief for Marcin Gortat as well.
Well, Mahinmi certainly answered some of the needs for the Wizards with the departure of NENE, another big man was needed who could put up numbers. He started in all 71 games he appeared in, achieving averages above his career numbers in all but free throw shooting. Not only that, he more than doubled some of the key numbers that can define a center.
“I feel like we have some good leaders on this team and I fit into the veteran role to help the younger guys feel comfortable when they are on the court, said Mahinmi. I did a lot of good things in Indiana and hopefully I can do the same here.”
Tomorrow the Wizards open a week long training camp on the campus of VCU.