John Wall may have sent a rift through the Washington Wizards with his most recent comments about the team’s big-man situation.
In Washington’s postseason exit interview after their season came to an end Friday night in a 102-92 first round series loss to the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, the All-Star guard rattled off a number of things Washington needs.
John Wall said an athletic big. bench scoring and someone who can create off the dribble are offseason needs for the Wizards.
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“Just got to add some pieces,” Wall said. “A lot, to be honest. There’s a lot that we can use … I think it’s pretty obvious. I don’t need to point it out. I think the way the league is going, you need athletic bigs, you need scoring off the bench, you need all of those types of things. We don’t really have an athletic big. I mean, Ian [Mahinmi] is older. [Marcin Gortat] is older. They’re not athletic guys, but they do the little things that permit their game to help as much as possible.”
Gortat, 34, and Mahinmi, 31, do not exactly fit into the “athletic big” category. It seems as if Wall is fed up with having another early postseason exit with the Wizards. Wall missing 41 games due to a knee injury, and Otto Porter Jr. missing the crucial Game 6 due to a lower left leg injury, held Washington back in the regular season and postseason as they finished as the No. 8 seed in 2017-18. Bradley Beal led the way during Wall’s absence even earning himself an All-Star spot, but it looked all season as if they needed help.
With Gortat aging and their need for a reliable, young center, Washington may make a trade or free-agent move this summer or look to the 2018 NBA Draft to fulfill their needs.
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