The rift between Washington Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal was exposed this 2016 offseason with both saying they have to adjust their game for the team to be successful next season. Since then, NBA rumors have surrounded the team and how they can possibly save their future if the pair won’t work out their chemistry together inside the court.
There is a way out for the Wizards in this controversy by trading one of their stars and start looking around the league for possible deals that won’t hurt their long-term plans.
“The Utah Jazz have a very talented young big man in Derrick Favors. The problem is, he’s entering the final two seasons of his contract, and the Jazz might not have the power to keep him in 2018,” Nick Brown of 12up.com wrote.
“They could get a serious return from the Wizards, who are playing with a win-now mentality.”
One trade involves star point guard John Wall, who is the franchise player for the Wizards but holds the most value in trades. The Wizards can choose to trade Beal first but Wall will get them multiple starters and help the team battle for the playoffs in the upcoming season.
If the Wizards trade Wall, they can demand Favors plus another starter (George Hill) in the Washington-Utah trade. This works under NBA trade rules and the Wizards will get a big man to pair veteran Marcin Gortat. The Jazz get a superstar point guard to pair with Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert.
If the Wizards trade Beal plus Markieff Morris, they can demand Favors and another starter (Alec Burks). This also works under NBA trade rules but must happen after the January deadline because Beal just signed a contract extension. The Wizards will again have a more balanced line-up and the Jazz gets pieces to once again contend in the Western Conference.
Currently, the Jazz are expected to be one of the improved teams in the West but they need to address financial issues with most of their core players becoming free agents in the next few seasons.
The Wizards-Jazz NBA rumors could happen if Utah thinks they can’t retain all of their core players. Washington would also like to move on if Wall and Beal continues their on-court rift.
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