After finally snapping an 11-game road losing streak in Atlanta, the Washington Wizards didn’t know if the victory would serve as the last time that they would all be together. But with Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline approaching, John Wall and Bradley Beal would like to see the same group on the court when the team returns to action on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I haven’t really talked to the front-office people. If they feel like we need a piece, they’ll make a move. But I like the group of guys I’m with,” Wall said after the Wizards defeated the Hawks, 114-107, on Wednesday night. “When we all play together as a team and we all connect, we’re a tough team to beat. But when we’re being selfish, we don’t have one guy who can do that on a consistent basis.”
The Wizards have been in the market for a backup point guard for Wall with the free agent signing of Eric Maynor failing to pan out. The team has expressed interest in Denver’s disgruntled Andre Miller, New York’s seldom-used Beno Udrih and, reportedly, Luke Ridnour of Milwaukee.
But according to league sources with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards have been unwilling or reluctant to part with a rotation player to make a deal happen. Chris Singleton has been shopped but hasn’t attracted much attention after averaging 3.7 points in just 14 games this season. Singleton hasn’t appeared in a game since getting three minutes against Philadelphia on Jan. 20, a string of 13 games.
Coach Randy Wittman said this week that he doesn’t anticipate the Wizards making a big move and added that the team already has enough to reach its goals of making the postseason.
Beal also doesn’t think that the Wizards need to do any roster tinkering for the final 28 games.
“Most definitely, with the chemistry we have and the guys we have, we feel as though we really don’t need to make any changes,” Beal said. “I mean, it’s up to the front office, of course. But at the end of the day, we feel confident that we can beat anybody in the league and continue to feel that way.”
The Wizards (26-28) are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference but only have a 1 1/2-game lead over eighth-place Charlotte. They also have the league’s easiest schedule for the rest of the season.
“It’s definitely a tight race right now and we got to find a way to get on a good streak,” Wall said. “I think it’s time for our team. We deserve a winning streak.”