The Washington Wizards are fighting, with players and personnel going off at each other at practice. But now, they’re open to trading everyone that wears their uniform. However, the team is taking every story with a grain of salt. After the team’s shootaround before Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, head coach Scott Brooks as well as players John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter shot down any questions regarding the current state of the team.
“It happened last week,” Brooks told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “We moved on from it as a team. Not trying to minimize what happened, but in all sports, all teams I’ve been on … I’ve been in the league for almost 30 years as a player, as an assistant coach, as a head coach …that has happened. It’s something that you understand that it’s a competitive environment and a lot of times, you have adult conversations that get heated. And we all have to live with what we say and work things out when that does happen and move on.”
Again, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the team is willing to trade everyone on the team. But why would they do that? Because they need to restart the entire franchise. The hope, of course, is that they’ll be competitive down the road for years to come. However, hefty contracts to both Wall and Beal will hamper the team in finding a suitable trade partners that are willing to take the majority of their remaining salary. That includes a super-max contract for Wall.
“I’m not going to be naive to it, you know,” Beal told reporters on Monday in regards to trade rumors. “I’ve heard those rumors weeks ago. Then, I didn’t buy into them. Now, I’m still not going to buy into them because if that’s my main priority and focus, then I’m going to be messed up on the floor.”
Amidst everything that’s happening to the team — Murphy’s Law — there have been efforts to calm down a situation where Wall told Brooks “F–k you” and interrupted a team meeting between Brooks and Jeff Green, per Wojnarowski.
“That’s something that goes on throughout the NBA. It’s something we’ve put past us,” Wall added. “We talked about it, apologized about it, kept it at that. … I don’t know if honesty was reached. We both felt like there was stuff we shouldn’t have said. We both kind of interrupted each other when we were having conversations. That’s basically it. There’s a lot of frustrations. When you go through a lot of frustrations, the flames build up in one situation and you kind of get to that. That’s why we both apologized, and I left it at that.”
As far as trade rumors including Wall, he says that his home is in Washington.
“I love being here. I want to finish my career here, that’s all I can control,” he said.
Tuesday night, the Wizards took out the Los Angeles Clippers. And yet, they’re still just 6-11 on the season. Up next, they take on Raptors in Toronto on Friday. Can they win their second in a row?