Wall, Beal Issues Could Lead To Eventual Breakup

The disconnect between the Wizards backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal could eventually convince the front office to deal one of them, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

Wall recently admitted in a TV interview with CSN’s Chris Miller that he and Beal don’t have great on-court chemistry, claiming they have “a tendency to dislike each other on the court.” Beal told CSNMidAtlantic.com’s J. Michael that he and Wall “lose sight of the fact that we need each other.”

O’Connor takes it a step further, quoting an unnamed agent who says the dislike extends beyond the basketball floor.

“Whatever is public, multiply it by five and that’s how they really feel about each other,” the agent told O’Connor. “It’s probably a total disaster.”

New Wizards head coach Scott Brooks will have the challenge of getting them to become a more cohesive pair but if that fails, the club may have no choice but to break them up, O’Connor opines. Beal just signed a $127MM contract but Wall’s contract, with three years and $54.2MM remaining, can easily be moved if the Wizards go in that direction, O’Connor adds.

Wall’s willingness to become more accountable and a respected leader will go a long way in determining how Washington handles the situation, Michael asserts in a different column. The backcourt pair, while not the best of friends, don’t hate each other, Michael continues. But assistant coach Sidney Lowe contends Wall must do more to win over everyone in the locker room.

“It’s your communication and get your players to feel good about you. And the way you do that is by you getting them to feel good about themselves,” Lowe told Michael. “There’s something to that. Obviously that’s an area where I can work with and talk to with John and help him out a little bit.”

Wall’s habit of publicly displaying his displeasure over contracts handed out to opposing players does not help his cause, O’Connor contends. Wall criticized the Pistons last summer for giving out a big contract to Reggie Jackson. Wall apparently had similar feelings about the extension James Harden received from the Rockets this summer, with a front-office executive telling O’Connor that Wall was “rankled” by that four-year, $118MM contract.

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15 thoughts on “Wall, Beal Issues Could Lead To Eventual Breakup

  1. Dionis

    If they break these too up the Wizards will be bottom feeding for a while.

  2. DarkGhost

    Pretty easy decision get rid of Beal, Wall is a batter player and is a lot cheaper.

    • I see two minor typos probably caused by autocorrect. Why do some people expect everyone to treat internet comments like academic papers?

      • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

        seriously, who spends enough time to comment on that. it’s better then Yahoo and I enjoy the quality of this site, spelling or grammar mistakes don’t bother me

    • The 76ers would have to give up Okafor and Simmons because nobody else on the 76ers roster would bring enough combined value or single value to the Wizards for a top 5 pg in Wall. The 76ers are not dealing Simmons. Therefore, Wall isn’t going to the 76ers. Also, Wall would not be a good fit as far as his strengths go along with the rest of the 76ers core. The 76ers have no outside shooting in their core. Adding wall would just add redundancy in that he has a midrange game and is great around the basket. The 76ers I am sure would be more interested in a guy who can score from the perimeter such as Beal. But still, the 76ers wouldn’t have enough to give up for him.

  3. Beal to the Celtics? The celtics have the picks and assets to get the deal done. The celtics also want a star scorer who can shoot from the perimeter. Bradley, a future first rounder and olynyk for Beal? Bradley and Wall would make a terrifying defensive tandem while olynyk could serve as quality big man depth who could add scoring to help replace production lost by dealing Beal.

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