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Wizards put on show for John Wall as he guests on game broadcast

Wizards put on show for John Wall as he guests on game broadcast

Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall made his on-air debut Friday night when the Wizards took on the Mavericks at Capital One Arena. 

He joined Justin Kutcher and Drew Gooden on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast before the game and for the entirety of the first quarter, and the Wizards did not disappoint during his short stint as an analyst. 

Let's start with Isaac Bonga giving Rui Hachimura a birthday gift. 

Friday was Hachimura's second game back from a 22-game absence due to a groin injury he sustained in December.

Bonga was the one who's inadvertent kick caused the rookie's injury, so it's good to see these two involved in a positive play on the court. Ironically enough, Wall was so locked in watching the game that he barely reacted when Hachimura threw down the slam. 

Nobody on this year's roster has played more with Wall than Bradley Beal, so while his longtime backcourt mate is out for the season and making his TV debut, Beal made sure to give him a highlight to talk about. 

Wall mentioned earlier in the broadcast that he's been impressed with Beal's performance leading the Washington offense despite playing shooting guard most of his career. Wall mentioned he himself is working more on his 3-pointer so that when he returns next season, he'll be able to play off-ball while Beal initiates the offense. 

When the Wizards traded Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers in exchange for Jerome Robinson, they needed another point guard. That's when Tommy Sheppard swung a deal with the Nuggets, sending Jordan McRae to Denver for Shabazz Napier. 

Napier's played for six different teams in his first six seasons in the NBA even though he's been productive everywhere he's been. 

On the Wizards, he'll have the chance to share point guard minutes with Ish Smith and perhaps even start some games down the stretch. For a player set to hit free agency this summer, it's hard to ask for a better situation. 

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NBA Rumors: Celtics reportedly made several strong offers to Wizards for Davis Bertans

NBA Rumors: Celtics reportedly made several strong offers to Wizards for Davis Bertans

Davis Bertans was one of the most sought-after bench upgrades on the trade market this season, and now that the trade deadline has come and gone, he remains in Washington D.C.

Tommy Sheppard said in mid-December that despite the interest in Bertans and his upcoming free agency, the Wizards intended to keep him. They've stuck to that plan, even though Danny Ainge and the Celtics apparently tried hard to acquire the Latvian Laser. 

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics made several strong offers to the Wizards for Bertans, but Washington wouldn't budge. They remain committed to a core of Bertans, Bradley Beal and John Wall. 

The Wizards' reported asking price for Bertans was two first-round picks as of a few hours before the trade deadline. The Celtics had plenty of draft assets to get the deal done, owning three first-rounders in the 2020 draft alone. Boston could have offered two firsts and perhaps Enes Kanter for Bertans, but it appears nothing Ainge could give swayed Sheppard. 

Now the focus will shift to this summer. Bertans will be an unrestricted free agent, able to sign wherever he wants. Few teams have considerable cap space after clubs spent over $3 billion combined in free agency last year, so the fact the Wizards own Bertans' bird rights is more of an advantage than usual. 

Whether you wanted the Wizards to trade Bertans or not, Wall has to be happy the Wizards held on to Bertans and plan to re-sign him. Earlier this week, Wall endorsed Bertans as one of the most impressive Wizards this season and how he can't wait to play with him and Beal at the same time. 

"I think it's very amazing if I get the opportunity to have him and Brad on both ends at one time," Wall said.

If everything goes according to plan, Wizards fans should be in store for an exciting offense for the 2020-21 campaign.

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Did John Wall hint at comeback during warm-ups?

Did John Wall hint at comeback during warm-ups?

The Wizards have been an inconsistent yet fun team to watch this season, but any conversation about the team's future revolves around John Wall's return from Achilles surgery. 

He hasn't played a game this season and the expectation remains that Wall will miss the entire year, but the team has yet to officially rule him out. 

And then there are videos like this where he sort of hints at coming back 'soon.'

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After making a tough turnaround jumper against an assistant coach Saturday night, Wall turned around to some fans sitting courtside and said, "Don't worry, y'all get to see this soon."

Soon could mean a lot of things. It could mean tomorrow or the start of next season. Read between the lines however you like. 

The main takeaway should probably be how he's looking great and seemingly feeling good out there on the floor. An Achilles injury is very difficult to come back from, especially for a player who uses his speed as Wall does. 

So if he feels like he could come back sooner, whether he does or not, it bodes well for the Wizards' long term outlook. 

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