There's a big-time NBA trade rumor that is now circulating online. Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is reportedly going to L.A Clippers, while Clip's point guard Chris Paul may be sent to New York Knicks.
To begin, let's start with rumors about John Wall's trade. Previous reports said Clippers will ship Wall and Markieff Morris to the Detroit Pistons, but the reports turned out to be untrue. The sham deal reportedly involves eight players, four teams and four first-round draft picks.
However, the John Wall trade rumors continue to persist as he is apparently having issues with teammate Bradley Beal. The Wall and Beal combination is a big threat during last year's season, but it might not be the case next year. The competitive nature of the two point guards sometimes get in the way of team chemistry, according to Sportsragous.
Wall is known for his habit of criticizing underperforming teammates, while Beal is known for taking criticisms personally.
Furthermore, jealousy could also be a factor. Recently, Beal got a $127 million contract extension that makes him one of the highest-paid players in the league. On the other hand, Wall is recognized as the primary point guard of Washington Wizards, but his salary is lower than Beal.
In 2017-2018, Beal will earn $23,775,506, while Wall will only have $16,784,031.
Now, rumors around the internet claim Wall will be shipped to L.A Clippers as part of three-team deal. The deal includes sending Chris Paul and a 2021 first round draft pick to the New York Knicks, Wall and Otto Porter to the Clippers, and Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick Rose to Washington Wizards.
The suggested trade scenario would make a Chris Paul-Carmelo Anthony partnership, which may be too good to pass up. In addition, it is a great opportunity for the city to get back to the playoffs in the upcoming season. Paul has an impressive scoring ability and can locate teammates for an easy score.
For the part of L.A. Clippers, their small forward issues will be solved by Porter, who averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists last season.
For the Washington Wizards, the addition of Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis is great for the team. He is quick and versatile on the court. At 7′ 3″, he has efficient post moves and can shoot three-points.
With that being said, what are your thoughts about the recent NBA trade rumors? Let us know in the comments.