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John Wall addresses trade rumors, says he wants to remain with Wizards


John Wall addresses trade rumors, says he wants to remain with Wizards

WASHINGTON - At 5-11 and with altercations at practice becoming public knowledge, it may be easy for some to forget the Wizards are also entangled in major trade rumors at the moment.

Both John Wall and Bradley Beal were cited in an ESPN report on Monday that said everyone on the roster could be available in deals. Though the Wizards aren't planning to trade their All-Star guards anytime soon, they are clearly considering their long-term options with this season spiraling out of control.

On Tuesday, ahead of the Wizards' next game against the Clippers, Wall made his first comments on the matter. He noted it was the first time he's been mentioned in a credible trade report.

"I don't know what [trade rumors] feel like," he said.

While discussing the possibility of leaving, Wall made it clear he doesn't want to be traded.

"I love being here. I want to finish my career here," he said. "That's all I can control is playing basketball. I can't control nothing else."

Wall, 28, has played all nine of his NBA seasons in Washington, ever since he joined the team as the No. 1 overall pick in 2010. 

He has often said he hopes to spend his entire career with the Wizards. He has mentioned goals of winning a championship in D.C., having a statue outside of the arena and his jersey in the rafters.

Wall, though, understands these things come with the territory the Wizards have entered. The team may have to make changes if the losing continues.

"That's all up to the front office," he said.

The Wizards' problems are clearly bothering Wall. On Tuesday, he again called out the effort and heart of his teammates, a familiar reprise from him and Beal.

But Wall is not free of blame in all of it. He was part of the most inflammatory story from last week's practice. It was him who was fined for cursing at head coach Scott Brooks, a punishment Wall acknowledged on Tuesday.

Wall also hasn't played as well as he could, particularly on defense. On Tuesday, though, he alluded to a reason for that.

"Everyone keeps saying I'm not in shape. I'm in shape. It's just that I deal with injuries. I play through them and I don't complain about it," Wall said.

Wall has reportedly been playing through a deep thigh bruise, as the Athletic reported earlier this month. That comment right there suggests either that injury, or another, has been affecting his play.

The Wizards are in a serious mess right now, but Wall appears intent on sticking around to lead them through it.


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Washington Wizards to re-sign guard Chasson Randle, while Suns release Austin Rivers

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Washington Wizards to re-sign guard Chasson Randle, while Suns release Austin Rivers

The Wizards are expected to re-sign guard Chasson Randle to a non-guaranteed contract ahead of Tuesday's road game against the Atlanta Hawks, a source confirms with NBC Sports Washington.

Washington's roster dropped to 13 players after Saturday's trade that sent Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers to the Phoenix Suns for Trevor Ariza. Teams are required to have a minimum of 14 players.

The 6-foot-2 Randle participated in the Wizards' training camp and later signed with Washington on Oct. 30. He never played for the Wizards and was released on Nov. 12. Meanwhile, Randle, 25, spent time with Washington's G-League team, averaging 23.1 points in seven games for the Capital City Go-Go.

Right now the Wizards lack guard depth behind John Wall, Bradley Beal and Tomas Satoransky following the trade. While first-round pick Troy Brown, seldom used this season, could receive more minutes, Randle offers specific point guard depth.

News of Randle's addition came on the heels of an ESPN report that the Suns have agreed to release Rivers, who averaged 7.2 points in 29 games with the Wizards. The veteran's $12.6 million salary was necessary for the purposes of the trade for Ariza, but Rivers' playing style and approach entering a contract year seemed poorly suited for a young Phoenix team. 

Rivers can sign with another team once he clears waivers. Though Washington has another open roster available, per league rules, Rivers cannot re-sign with the Wizards. He never quite clicked in Washington anyway after coming off a career season with the Clippers.

The Washington Post first reported Randle's signing.


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John Wall, Gilbert Arenas each had epic games to carry Wizards over Lakers 12 years apart

John Wall, Gilbert Arenas each had epic games to carry Wizards over Lakers 12 years apart

Almost exactly 12 years apart, John Wall and Gilbert Arenas each wrecked the Los Angeles Lakers on their way to victories for the Washington Wizards.

First, on Dec. 17, 2006, Arenas helped the Wizards take down the Lakers, 147-141, with a legendary 60-point performance in the overtime game, 41 of which came in the second half. Thanks to that game, Arenas set a new career-high, an all-time franchise record and an NBA season-high points scored by a single player in a game.

Somewhat similarly, Wall dropped 40 against Los Angeles on Sunday during Washington's 128-110 home victory, which was just one day off the anniversary of Arenas' epic game.

Wall also finished with 14 assists, six rebounds and two blocked shots to help move the Wizards up slightly to 12-18 on the season. However, they're 8-6 at home.