Another eventful NBA offseason, which saw Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving join Al Horford in Boston, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade join LeBron James in Cleveland, and Paul George and Carmelo Anthony join Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, got Wizards point guard John Wall thinking. About ready-made super teams, specifically.
“Aye @bradbeal3,” Wall wrote on Instagram on Thursday, tagging his backcourt mate with a photo of the Wizards guards taking a break during training camp in Richmond. “I wonder who else gonna team up next to try to win a ship this year. but who care cause we all we got bro ..DC or Nothin !! #WizGang”
After winning 49 games last season and losing to the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Wizards made a few modest acquisitions to improve their roster, mostly attempting to bolster the bench by trading for Tim Frazier and signing Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks. Washington’s most important move, however, was signing forward Otto Porter Jr. to a max contract. Well, and retaining Wall himself long-term.
Before the Wizards signed Porter, Wall openly recruited George to Washington, which some equated to him throwing Porter under the bus. The deal, of course, never happened and George wound up in Oklahoma City.
“It’s what people are going to say about it,” Wall said of the reaction in July. “I love Otto as a teammate, but at the end of the day if you can make your team better, you can always do that. If people take it the wrong way, then so be it.”
While fellow contenders added new stars in an effort to, in Wall’s words, “try and win a [championship],” the Wizards kept their young core intact. That’s apparently enough for the Wizards’ point guard, who is entering his sixth season playing alongside Beal.
“I don’t like new change,” Wall said this week. “I don’t like dealing with new people, new stuff. I’m all about loyalty, and for the organization to do what they did to sign all of us back and have our cornerstones here, it means a lot.”