The Washington Wizards are willing to listen to trade offers for guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, an unprecedented development. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN cites sources saying Washington’s 5-11 start and general discontent have prompted management to expand their list of options to include moving one or both of their stars.
Washington’s preference remains to reshape the team around Wall and Beal, but poor play among key teammates is limiting their trade value and paralyzing the Wizards’ efforts to make meaningful changes to a roster that no longer appears functional together, league sources said.
The Wizards (5-11) have resisted including Wall or Beal in previous trade talks, including discussions that they held for the league’s past two available stars, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler, league sources said.
Wall is averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 assists in 34.8 minutes per game this year, making $19.2 million. A contract extension kicks in next season, pushing his salary to $38.2 million. Wall’s contract finishes with a player option in 2022-23 which will pay him $47.3 million.
Beal is averaging 21.5 points in 33.8 minutes. He’s making $25.4 million on a contract that runs through 2020-21, topping out at $28.8 million.