Washington Wizards’ head coach Scott Brooks said that he is unsure as to whether star point guard John Wall will be available to play in the upcoming NBA preseason. The statement came during the team’s media day activities on Monday as Wall previously underwent a pair of knee surgeries this past offseason and remains without a defined timetable to return.
Wall has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason following a dispute between him and teammate and fellow backcourt mainstay Bradley Beal after Beal was offered $128 million contract extension by the team, which would make him more handsomely compensated than Wall.
During media day, both Wall and Beal addressed the alleged tension between them. Neither was willing to say that whatever feud was going on regarding their contracts would affect their play on the court. Wall noted that competitive people tend to argue and that’s what was going on between him and Beal while nothing was out of the ordinary in that sort of relationship.
Beal expressed similar sentiments, saying that he didn’t read Wall’s reaction as any sort of backlash against him. He believes that, despite whatever may have been said, the Wizards will have one of the best backcourts in the league.
Both players have dealt with injuries over the past couple seasons, with Beal’s having more impact on his ability to remain on the court. Wall has averaged a double-double in each of the last two seasons. In 2015-2016 he made his third consecutive All-Star team and averaged 19.9 points and 10.2 assists per game. Beal adds floor spacing to the Wizards’ attack and attempted nearly five three-pointers per game last season and made them at a 38 percent clip.
If the Wizards are going to bounce back from a disappointing season, the franchise will need both of their young, former top five draft picks to be healthy and on the same page.