The Washington Wizards have suddenly delivered an impression to all of their players, including All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal, that they would be willing to move anyone in a trade scenario in hopes to re-route a struggling team, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
While the team would prefer to keep the star-studded backcourt of Wall and Beal, “poor play among key teammates is limiting their trade value and paralyzing the Wizards' efforts to make meaningful changes to a roster that no longer appears functional together, league sources said.”
The Wizards have previously resisted the idea of including Wall or Beal into previous trade talks, even in discussions that could net them two of the latest available mega-stars in Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, according to Wojnarowski.
Washington has yet to shop their All-Star backcourt around, but it has become rapidly apparent that the team could part with either of them in order to turn the corner.
The Wizards hoped that trading wings Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre could bring in a potential third star, but both players have fetched minimal interest on the market.
Porter's initial four-year, $106.5 million contract still has three years and $81 million left on the books, while Oubre is still largely unproven and has lacked real consistency to garner interest from the rest of the league, especially when trading for a star player.
Beal is likely to have more value in today's market than Wall, given his 3-point shooting ability, a friendlier contract, and being three years younger than his backcourt mate.
Wall has an impending contract extension that will kick in 2019-20, which will have the dime maestro average $42 million annually over the next four seasons.