Everyone could understand if there was some bad blood between John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards, who once built the franchise cornerstone around Wall, traded the five-time All-Star for the Houston Rockets in a matter of days after Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said there were no plans to trade him . After spending his first 10 years as a professional athlete with the Wizards organization, the trade may have left a sharp taste in his mouth.
It was understandable, however, why the wizards wanted to move on from a business perspective. Russell Westbrook’s desire to be traded by the Rockets and the objective improvement he would have had on Wall – especially if he hadn’t gotten back in shape – already made the deal a tempting proposition.
According to Wall, he hadn’t spoken to former head coach Scott Brooks or his former teammates in “almost two months” prior to Tuesday’s matchup against the Wizards.
“People have my number. I have these people’s numbers. If they wanted to speak to me or to reach me, they had the opportunity. ”
For what it’s worth, Wall is probably the happier party after the trade, as he’s on a team he feels wanted on, and he shows he’s still a special talent after being more than one Season was off the pitch.
Meanwhile, the Wizards are 3-11, battling to keep franchise star Bradley Beal happy.