Opponents suspect Wizards headed for roster shakeup

Sam Amico

John Wall's injury may mean the official start of trade season for the Washington Wizards.

Wall is the Wizards' starting point guard, an All-Star who has been as perplexed as anyone with the team's early struggles. He has opted to undergo season-ending ankle surgery, the team revealed Saturday.

Now, it could be "open season" on the Wizards' roster, as relayed by Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.

“They can’t move Wall now. Way too hard,” Smith quoted an opposing executive as saying.

(Ian) Mahinmi? Why pay to move him either? (Bradley) Beal and (Otto) Porter? Sure, in the right deal. (Markieff) Morris, (Jeff) Green, maybe even flip (Trevor) Ariza again? Those guys are all easily moved. It’s open season on that roster now.”

Beal would likely bring the most in return, with teams such as the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls among those interested, multiple sources have told Amico Hoops.

And Porter has supposedly been on the radar of the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans for much of the season.

According to Smith's sources, the Wizards have

Talking to teams this afternoon, they said the Wizards had cooled on trade talks over the last couple of weeks. Several expect to re-engage them now. One team told me "They've got to move on from Beal or Porter now, just to clear up the cap some. Vultures are starting to circle."

— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 29, 2018

">cooled on trade talks recently. But apparently, that's all about to change. “They’ve got to move on from Beal or Porter now, just to clear up the cap some,"

Talking to teams this afternoon, they said the Wizards had cooled on trade talks over the last couple of weeks. Several expect to re-engage them now. One team told me "They've got to move on from Beal or Porter now, just to clear up the cap some. Vultures are starting to circle."

— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 29, 2018

">Smith quoted another exec as saying. "Vultures are starting to circle.”

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