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Bradley Beal missing out on All-NBA gives Wizards' next team president more options

Bradley Beal missing out on All-NBA gives Wizards' next team president more options

One way or another, the league's announcement of All-NBA teams on Thursday was going to have a significant effect on the Wizards' next team president and their long-term to-do list, even before the job is filled. If Beal made All-NBA and qualified for a supermax, that would have been a game-changer. But now that he has missed out on All-NBA, there are still domino effects.

Namely, it gives the Wizards more options moving forward. If Beal had earned a supermax contract, that would have put the team in a precarious spot. There were several ways it could have gone. They would have first had to decide whether to offer the money, which was projected at $194 million over four years, and Beal would have then had to choose whether to accept it.

A breakdown in talks could have been disastrous. The Wizards may have felt the need to trade Beal if a new contract wasn't feasible.

The new team architect may still prescribe a reset that includes trading Beal, a move that ships him out for future assets, but now their hand isn't forced. They now have much more time to figure out whether Beal fits in their long-term picture.

It might only buy them one more year. Next summer, Beal will be one season away from hitting free agency and in today's NBA sometimes that is when things come to a head with All-Stars and struggling teams.

Beal could even make All-NBA next season and line up for a more lucrative supermax extension. With the trajectory he has been on in recent years, it almost seems like a safe bet.

But one more year would be pivotal for the Wizards who have a very complex situation involving John Wall to sort out. He will make $38 million next season in the first year of his own supermax contract and, due to a ruptured Achilles, will likely miss at least 50 games. He could even sit out the entire year, as it is a serious injury and he has to get this rehab right to preserve the rest of his career.

But if Wall comes back and plays, say, 20 games next season, that could be enough to at least give the league a glimpse at the player he will be post-injury. It could give the Wizards more options when it comes to trading him if it comes to that.

With a ruptured Achilles and his contract, Wall may be one of the least tradeable players in the NBA at this moment. But a successful recovery could change that and even a small amount of trade value would give the Wizards more avenues.

In that scenario, it might not be a matter of choosing Wall over Beal simply because they have to. Maybe they could find a way to keep Beal after all.

It is still a complicated problem to solve. Wall's injury is a stroke of bad luck that has put the Wizards in a unique bind. But Beal earning a supermax would have compounded the entire situation and now that is not the case.

Beal could very well still be traded. It depends on the new president's vision, and it could also be affected by what goes on around the league. 

Teams that lose out on Anthony Davis could get desperate. There is also free agency which will change teams' priorities. If the Knicks or Lakers either lose out in free agency or if they find one star and need another, Beal could end up garnering a lot of interest.

Getting the Wizards back on track will not be easy for whoever takes over in their front office. But after Thursday, the team has more options regarding Beal and his future and that's all they can ask for at this point.


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Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

With the search on to find some replacement depth following DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently evaluating all options and available players. In the group of potential matches, there's no shortage of players with D.C. ties.

First, it was center Dwight Howard who appeared on the radar. It was reported on Sunday that the Lakers were preparing to open up discussions with the 33-year old center. Howard, who played for L.A. during the 2012-13 season, only appeared in nine games for the Wizards last season while dealing with injury issues.

But, he's not the only former-Wizard in the discussions. A new report states that while the Lakers are preparing to host a workout for Howard, they will also potentially be giving Marcin Gortat a look, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gortat spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in 47 games. Prior to that, he spent five seasons in Washington, proving to be a valuable asset at times. The 35-year old averaged at least 10 points and eight rebounds in four of his five years with the Wizards.

It's still relatively unknown who the Lakers will go with when it comes time to add depth, but there seems to be a good chance that a former-Wizard could be joining Lebron and company for the upcoming season. 


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7 stats that define John Wall's history-making career (so far)

7 stats that define John Wall's history-making career (so far)

This week is Wall Week at NBC Sports Washington. We are rolling out content each day centering around the Wizards' five-time All-Star point guard. Today, we take a deep dive into the numbers to illustrate Wall's career in Washington so far...

**Wall's career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists put him in elite company. Only three other players in league history have averaged at least 19 and nine with at least 500 games played; Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas. Only Johnson and Robertson have also averaged at least four rebounds in addition, like Wall has.

**Wall is already well-represented on the Wizards/Bullets franchise's all-time leaderboards. He is first in career assists (5,282) and steals (976), second in free throws (2,456), third in points (10,879) and minutes played (20,545) and fourth in threes made (539). He is already third all-time in VORP (value over replacement player), a cumulative stat similar to WAR (wins above replacement) in baseball. Only Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes accrued more while in Washington.

**Wall has also put up some of the best individual seasons in franchise history. He has the No. 1, 3, 4 and 7 highest assist totals with his best year the 2016-17 season when he dished out 831. 

**Wall's 2016-17 campaign was also the only season in franchise history where a player averaged 20-plus points and 10-plus assists. He has 111 20-point, 10-assist games in his career which is by far the most in franchise history. Second on the list is Rod Strickland with 43. Gilbert Arenas is third with 24.

**Wall has 396 career blocks. Only six guards in NBA history have recorded more. Those six are Dwayne Wade (885), Clyde Drexler (719), Dennis Johnson (675), Jason Kidd (450), Kendall Gill (432) and Latrell Sprewell (399). Only Johnson and Kidd played most of their time at point guard, so Wall is third all-time at his position.

**Wall's 5,282 career assists are fifth among active players. Only Chris Paul (9,181), LeBron James (8,662), Rajon Rondo (6,975) and Russell Westbrook (5,701) have more.

**Unfortunately, injuries have significantly affected Wall's last two seasons. He has played a combined 73 regular season games the past two years. For context, he has played the same amount of games as Gordon Hayward, who appeared in just one game in 2017-18. And DeMarcus Cousins, despite going through a full rehab from a torn Achilles during that time, played in more games (78) than Wall.

NBA.com and Basketball Reference were used in this research