Five-time NBA All Star guard John Wall wasn't interested in revealing too many details when asked if he had indeed asked for a trade from the Washington Wizards. Last week, The Washington Post reported Wall requested a trade from Washington but on Monday Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard denied that report.
Wall, who hasn't played since December 26, 2018, spent the last two years recovering from a ruptured left Achilles. "No comment," Wall said, when asked if he requested a trade from the Wizards, as quoted on The Washington Post.
“All I can say is this, man: I worked my tail off all summer to prepare myself for the season and that’s all I’ve focused on”. It's not a secret that Wall wasn't happy with certain things so he and Sheppard sat to talk things out.
"It’s been cool; just talking,” Wall said of his relationship with Sheppard. “Talk and try to figure things out. That’s the best we can do. We all understand it’s a business”. When asked what it's that he would like to figure, Wall said: "No comment."
While Wall was sidelined, Bradley Beal turned into a big star as last season he averaged 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists. "Just ready to play basketball, man; that’s all I’m ready to do is play basketball,” Wall said, when asked if he was looking forward to playing alongside All Star guard Beal.
Sheppard absolutely insisted Wall didn't ask for a trade
On Monday, Wizards general manager Sheppard insisted Wall didn't request a trade from the team. "No, he didn't request [a trade]," Sheppard said when asked about a report that Wall had done so.
".. 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." Wall, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft, was one of the most dynamic and explosive players in the NBA before he suffered a big injury.
"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."