The Wizards had a deal in place to trade point guard John Wall to the Miami Heat during the trade deadline before Wall tore his achilles according to multiple reports.
HeatNation.com reported on Brian Scalabrine’s interview with The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday morning.
“The John Wall situation is a disaster in Washington,” said Brian Scalabrine on The Sports Junkies. “I had word that the Wizards had a deal to trade him to the Miami Heat at the deadline, but his Achilles popped a month before.”
The return that Washington would have received is unknown but likely in the form of Goran Dragic, a young player and a draft pick or two.
Wall will likely be out until at least February of next season due to the fall in his home that tore his achilles. It’s likely that Wall won’t return until the 2020-2021 season.
The Wizards have Wall’s super max contract on the books for the next four seasons that’s worth $170 million. Wall’s contract doesn’t allow the Wizards to make a big move in free agency or the draft.
The Wizards ended up trading Otto Porter at the trade deadline who was also on a max contract. In return the Wizards received Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker both of whom are free agents come July.
The Wizards face a difficult off-season this summer as they have both Bradley Beal and John Wall’s contract on the books which won’t allow them to sign a max contract free agent. The Wizards hold the ninth pick in the draft but could acquire more young talent and/or draft picks if they were trade Bradley Beal.