It’s a big day for the Wizards. The good news is they reportedly will retain the services of shooter Davis Bertans. It’s a pretty full contract, but that’s for another time. Because the bad news is, star point guard John Wall may want to hit the road. Here’s the Washington Post:
The first few hours of NBA free agency were busy ones for the Washington Wizards. They checked off their top offseason priority and re-signed sharpshooting forward Davis Bertans to a lavish, five-year deal worth $80 million hours after teams were allowed to officially open negotiations, according to a report from ESPN.
But Washington’s dream of having Bertans play alongside Bradley Beal and John Wall may not come to fruition. Wall has made it clear that he wants a trade out of Washington, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. His desire to leave follows a report from the Athletic this week that the Wizards and the Houston Rockets had discussed a deal centering on trading Wall for Russell Westbrook.
Wall’s desire puts Washington in a tricky situation. The 30-year-old, who was expected to play his first basketball game for the Wizards in two years after coming back from an Achilles’ injury, is owed more than $130 million over the next three years.