The Washington Wizards are willing to move on from John Wall, and a trade to the Phoenix Suns is a very real possibility.
The Phoenix Suns have been linked to John Wall for quite a while. The Washington Wizards are a complete mess, and the Suns need a point guard. That was already true a few weeks ago. Since then, the Suns have continued to lose more games than anyone else in the West, and reports coming out of D.C. have escalated from a willingness to move key role players to the possibility of anyone being traded, including John Wall.
If the Wizards are looking to unload Wall, they won’t have an easy time. He’s locked into a massive long term contract, and he hasn’t been nearly worth it this season. For the Suns, his cap hit would mean an inability to sign free agents for a long time, and it would make competing for a championship unlikely with the current core. Wall is also 28, much older than the rest of the core in their early 20s. There are lots of reason for the Suns to stay away.
But no matter how many reasons there are for the Suns to stay away from Wall, there’s a very good chance they still could go after him. The biggest reason is owner Robert Sarver, particularly his growing impatience with the team’s lack of success. Wall adds potentially double digit wins this season, and he’d fill the glaring hole at point guard.
The Suns are also prone to some poor decisions, and the Wizards should be calling them every single day. In the past, if you were looking for a good deal, the first thing you should do is reach out to the Sacramento Kings. But they’ve gotten smarter over the last couple of seasons, and they already have their point guard of the future in De’Aaron Fox. Next up should be the Suns.
Trading any meaningful assets for a point guard who will ruin their cap flexibility would be a mistake for the Suns, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it. They’re impatient, and the Wizards could take advantage of that. Now that John Wall could be moved, a trade to the Phoenix Suns is a real possibility.