John Wall’s nine-year tenure with the Washington Wizards has been a complicated one. Though they’ve made the playoffs four times in Wall’s career, the Wizards have never progressed past the second round, and injuries have hounded Wall the past two seasons. The former Kentucky star has played in just 73 of a total 164 regular season games over the last two years, and his most recent injury, a ruptured Achilles that he suffered in February, is a brutal one for a point guard whose best attributes are his speed and athleticism.
Although the Wizards signed Wall to a four-year, $170 million extension in 2017 that keeps Wall contractually obligated to the Wizards through 2023, there’s always been rumblings that perhaps this Wizards team will never reach their full potential, and moving on from Wall in a trade would be the best route moving forward.
In an interview with Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, Wall said he’d be distraught if that ever happened.
“I wouldn’t even know what to think,” Wall said. “I would probably lose it. Next year will be 10 years I’ve been here. That’s a decade. All the stuff, the partnerships, the friendships, everything I’ve built here is a platform I wanted to. At the end of the day, you never want it to get to that point, but at the end of the day I still also know it’s a business. So you never know what can happen.”
The Wizards recently fired longtime president Ernie Grunfeld, and it will be up to whoever fills that role moving forward to try and get Washington over the hump. Despite all the drama that’s accompanied Wall’s career in Washington, he clearly still wants to make it work in D.C.