John Wall is trying to recruit Paul George to the Wizards
Although the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are the teams consistently linked to be Paul George’s next destination, it’s still possible that he might end up elsewhere. There’s always a possibility of a surprise dark horse emerging as a serious contender landing his services.
Washington Wizards star guard John Wall is aware of it, and understands his situation. He also knows that his team is only one key piece away from becoming a favorite to dethrone the Cavs in the Eastern Conference, which makes him believe that his potential pitch to the Indiana Pacers forward can leave a mark on him and he may consider choosing them instead. That is exactly the case he made when he spoke to Marc J. Spears of ESPN, and highlighted what his possible addition would do for the Wizards.
“I am talking to some guys — Paul. I know his ultimate goal of where he wants to be. I’m trying to see if we can make something happen,
“Look at our team. We are one piece away,” Wall said. “We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man [Otto Porter Jr.] did great for us. You can’t take nothing away from what he did. But [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It’s a piece that you’re going to need to win. If you don’t have a guy who can do that, you don’t have a chance. You got to add another star. You got to add another piece. You got to have three guys. And that’s what it’s looking like.”
Wall then added that the Wizards may only have a slim chance of luring him to D.C., but he like that rather than having none at all, and will not go down without a fight, in making him at least think that he has the opportunity to win with their team.
“We’ve been friends, and we’ve talked throughout the summer,” Wall said. “He has to make a decision that is comfortable to him. But at the end of the day, you always have to get [elite players]. You have to go out swinging. You got to get a yes or a no.”
With the start of free agency scheduled on July 1, it remains to be seen where George will end up playing next. For now, Wall can only hope he’ll somehow be drawn to his team. Stranger things have happened in the NBA in the past, but should George wear the Wizards’ colors next season, it has the makings of being one of the more surprising trades in recent memory.