John Wall has been the face of the Washington Wizards’ franchise for years, but the team sounds like they are close to blowing things up. Rumors have begun swirling that the team could trade not just Wall, but also fellow back-court star Bradley Beal. If those rumors are true, the trade deadline could get incredibly interesting.
While there are some obvious potential landing spots for Wall, there are also quite a few teams that really need to upgrade their point guard position and could make a surprising play for him. Washington seems legitimately open to trading their star point guard this time around, which could open up some discussion.
Wall has had a solid all-around season for the Wizards, averaging 21.5 points per game to go along with 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He has shot 44.4 percent from the field overall and knocked down 34.1 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Predicting dark-horse landing spots is never an easy task. Usually, they are teams that are not known for making aggressive moves in trades or free agency. That being said, a player with the talent that Wall has only comes available every now and then.
Which three teams should be viewed as potential dark-horse trade destinations for Wall as the deadline draws closer?
3. San Antonio Spurs
Let’s go ahead and dive in with an intriguing landing spot for Wall. San Antonio may not be the most talked about landing spot, but they could use an upgrade at point guard and Wall would fit in well with Gregg Popovich.
Not only would Wall be a welcome addition this season, he would be a piece that they could build around long-term. A back-court combination of Wall and DeMar DeRozan would be very difficult to beat. Add in LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs would have a legitimate “big three.”
San Antonio would immediately become a legitimate contender against the Golden State Warriors. They may not beat them, but they would be able to put pressure on them.
Wall to the Spurs makes too much sense. It isn’t like Popovich and company to be just fine with mediocrity, so an aggressive trade for a star like Wall would not be too shocking.
2. Indiana Pacers
Next up on the list is one of the top up-and-coming teams in the NBA. The Indiana Pacers are not title contenders just yet, but Kevin Pritchard has the team heading in the right direction.
After being forced to trade Paul George last offseason, the Pacers were able to get a new star in Victor Oladipo along with one of the NBA’s most promising young big men in Domantas Sabonis. Not a bad move for a team that was laughed at for the trade originally.
Indiana has been talked about as a potential landing spot for Kemba Walker, so why not throw Wall in there as well?
Oladipo is one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, but Indiana has to bring in more help for him. Pairing Wall with him would make the Pacers a tough out in the Eastern Conference.
Wall isn’t going to come cheap, but the Pacers could throw a combination of draft picks and young talent at Washington to intrigue them.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Finally, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a potential team to keep an eye on when it comes to the trade deadline. They have some pieces that they could move and they are not going to enjoy sitting back and not competing.
Wall is no LeBron James, but the Cavaliers could build around him. Cleveland has young talent like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and more that could intrigue the Wizards. Acquiring Wall would give the city of Cleveland the kind of star that they desperately need to get them over James.
It would be interesting to see how Wall would fare in Cleveland. He isn’t the player that can power a franchise to a ring by himself, but with the right moves, the Cavaliers could build a legitimate contender around him.
Trading for Wall would be an aggressive move by Dan Gilbert and the Cavs. Cleveland could sit back and allow themselves to rebuild through the draft, but a trade for Wall would put all of that behind in favor of trying to compete.