John Wall admitted in a recent interview that there is some on-court rift with fellow superstar Bradley Beal with the Washington Wizards. These has opened NBA rumors involving one of them in a possible trade, and according to speculations, this could lead to a DeMarcus Cousins and Wall reunion in Washington.
As early as July, Ben Becker of Bullets Forever claimed that a reunion of Wall and Cousins is possible because of their Kentucky connection. Wall and Cousins were teammates with the Wildcats in 2010 under head coach John Calipari, who helped the team reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.
With the recent drama of Wall vs. Beal, league officials and fans will wait and see how the pair will perform in the first half of the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season. Beal signed a huge 5-year $127.2 million contract with the Wizards this offseason and the large amount of money allegedly affected Wall.
Wall has denied that he’s thinking about the money and what other players earn but by admitting the on-court rift with Beal the NBA rumors of trades involving both will be among the headlines especially if the Wizards won’t improve next season.
Cousins is also involved in his own drama in Sacramento. Many speculations have linked the big man to teams like the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, among others.
Cousins is under contract the next two years with an average salary of about $16.4 million. However, the Kings are worried that they will lose Cousins for nothing when he hits free agency in 2018.
Becker added that Cousins has the power to deny any trade and can choose his destination, possibly a reunion with Wall in Washington.
Just this summer, Kevin Durant shockingly left the Oklahoma City Thunder despite the fact that they made the Western Conference Finals. The Kings are not confident of a commitment from Cousins, who has criticized his team’s management many times during the last few seasons.
Via RealGM’s Trade Checker, a DeMarcus Cousins, Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay for Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat works according to NBA trade rules. This deal however must happen after January 14, 2017 because Beal just signed his new contract.
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This blockbuster deal is fair for both sides and will be one of the most talked about NBA rumors near the trade deadline. The Kings gets to rebuild with Beal on a long-term contract and a veteran center in Gortat. Meanwhile, the Wizards will become one of the top teams in the East with superstars DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall.
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