The Washington Wizards will be among the 22 teams partaking in the “bubble” games at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The team will be without All-Star point guard John Wall, who is still recovering from his Achilles tear, but the former No. 1 overall pick believes the Wizards should sign DeMarcus Cousins to give Bradley Beal another star on the court.
Wall and Cousins were teammates at the University of Kentucky and are very close friends. The Wizards star has been trying to get Washington to sign Cousins for the past few years, but Boogie has been dealing with injuries since 2018.
During an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Wall once again lobbied the Wizards to sign Cousins. However, the North Carolina native did admit that he has been telling Cousins to play it as safe as possible with his return:
“Oh man, you know I'm trying to push for that. I've been on that for like five years. I want to sign him right now,” Wall said. “[But] I'm like ‘bro, be smart, take your time to get all the way healthy so you can show these people what you're all about.'
“I want him to focus on that and get back to the Boogie that he was.”
Still, Wall has had conversations about Cousins with Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard, though obviously nothing has come of it.
Cousins tore his ACL last summer while playing in a pick-up game in Las Vegas. The All-Star center didn't play a single game for the Los Angeles Lakers this season and was waived in February.
The Wizards will be battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic for the final two playoff spots in the East once the “bubble” games begin on July 30.
Without John Wall, Washington faces an uphill climb to reach the playoffs despite how talented Bradley Beal is.