John Wall gang sign incident could be the reason Wizards trade him for Russell Westbrook
Remember when Washington Wizards point guard John Wall flashed gang signs while he was hanging out with friends in Brooklyn? Well, that incident could be the main reason the Wizards are trying to trade him to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.
Chris Miller, who covers the Wizards for NBC Sports Washington, says Wall’s gang sign incident “rubbed a lot of people within the organization the wrong way.”
“Listen, the incident that John had in Brooklyn is probably one of the reasons why this is probably being moved forward,” Miller told 106.7 The Fan.
“Although John has apologized for it, that incident kind of rubbed a lot of people within the organization the wrong way. And again, to John’s credit, he admitted he was wrong. He wants to move forward.”
John Wall has spent his entire career with the Wizards. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 draft and has compiled career averages of 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 9.2 assists.
However, Wall missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear and no one inside the Wizards organization knows what he’s going to look like in 2020-21. The five-time All-Star also has one of the worst contracts in the NBA, as Wall is set to make $41,254,920 in 2020-21 and $44,310,840 in 2021-22.
While Russell Westbrook has a pretty lucrative contract as well, he still put up MVP-type numbers for the Rockets in 2019-20. Russ averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists. His play in the NBA bubble was poor because he was recovering from COVID-19 and played through a quad injury.
It’s going to be interesting to see if the Wizards and Rockets can agree on a deal, but it looks like Wall may not have fans inside the Washington organization anymore.