NBA Trade Rumors: Wizards 'Unlikely' to Make Trades despite Poor Start to Season
Reports are out that the Washington Wizards are "unlikely" to make moves as the NBA's trading period draws near despite the team's poor start to the season.
The Wizards have been struggling so far this season with a 5-10 record, enough to only be fourth from the last place in the Eastern Conference standings. One of the reasons for the team's weak performances is said to be the recurring injuries to their key players such John Wall and Bradley Beal.
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Also, there are speculations that an internal turmoil between Wall and Beal has been going on inside the locker room, sparking a lot of trade rumors since the end of last season. Rumors said that Wall was "unhappy" about Beal's new five-year, $127.1 million deal signed in the summer, which made the shooting guard the new highest-paid player in the Wizards' lineup.
Wall has already denied such rumors, but new speculations have emerged that he is forcing the club to trade starting center Marcin Gortat to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe. Gortat reportedly had some "harsh" comments with regards to the Wizards' bench after a loss, something that the team has since refuted as well.
ESPN reported that "some fans of the team are likely calling for Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld to make a trade", but according to the NBA executive himself, any moves are "unlikely" to happen "for at least a few more weeks, at the earliest".
CSNNE indicated that "despite a sub-.500 record" any trades are "very unlikely", especially since backup center Ian Mahinmi has already come back from injury, which bolstered the second unit's defense.
However, should the Wizards continue to lose in the coming months, there is a possibility that a trade would eventually happen in or near the February trade deadline. It is not yet clear, though, which players could be moved at that time.
The ESPN report said that Trey Burke, Andrew Nicholson, and Otto Porter Jr. could be dealt while rookies Danuel House Jr., Sheldon McClellan, and Daniel Ochefu may be used as fillers for some trades.