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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