Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard: John Wall didn't request trade

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Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard: John Wall didn't request trade

Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard claims the reports of five-time NBA All Star John Wall wanting out of Washington are simply not true and that the 30-year-old guard hasn't requested a trade from the team.

Wall, who was taken at No. 1 in the 2010 NBA draft, has spent his entire career with the Wizards and he has been one of the key players on the team ever since he came to the league. Unfortunately for Wall and the Wizards, the 30-year-old hasn't played since 26 December, 2018, as he spent the last two years recovering from a ruptured left Achilles.

Wall, who was one of the best guards in the league before he suffered a tough injury, is expected to be ready when the new season kicks off on December 22 and last week the reports surfaced that he doesn't want to be a member of the Wizards anymore.

"No, he didn't request [a trade]," Sheppard said when asked about a report that Wall had done so, per ESPN. ".. John and I talk pretty much once every other day. And [I've] been to many of his workouts throughout the summer, we have always been on the same page, same wavelength.

Same with Bradley [Beal]. "There's no issues with John and I. There's no issues with John and the Wizards. There's no issue with anybody."

Sheppard says Wall has fully recovered

Before he went down with an injury, Wall was one of the quickest and most explosive guards in the NBA.

According to Wizards general manager Sheppard, Wall has fully recovered and he hasn't a lost a step. "I've seen enough of him the last two years and certainly this summer to know that he's gotten his explosiveness back," Sheppard said.

".. He's very comfortable from 3 now and that is something that I think will be a huge weapon for us moving forward." While Wall was sidelined and rehabbing from his injury, Bradley Beal took the leadership role on the team and turned into one of the best players in the league.

Last year, Beal averaged 30.5 points, 6.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Wizards. "He is excited about getting back here... it's a new story now with John and Bradley," Sheppard added. "It's not a sequel.

They haven't played together in two years. But they both look forward to playing together. That is where we are at and that is where we move on to."