When John Wall wants something out of Washington Wizards management, they’ll likely do their best to accommodate his needs. Wall has been outspoken about roster additions in the past, and the Wizards have added pieces which cater to his abilities. When John Wall wanted a guard which fits his style of play, the Wizards added Bradley Beal through the draft. Wall also believed that the Wizards needed to add more veteran players, and the Wizards acquired Nene, Emeka Okafor, and Trevor Ariza through trades. Do you catch my drift?
This time, when asked about this upcoming NBA Draft, John Wall spoke about adding another young player to the Wizards core;
It’s up in the air right now. I feel like we need a four man that can pick and pop, so we’ll just see.
As I mentioned before, John Wall has spoken to Wizards management in the past about specific additions to the team, but this isn’t the first time he has mentioned adding a “stretch 4″ to the roster. In exit interviews to close out the season, both John Wall, Bradley Beal and head coach Randy Wittman didn’t seem too excited about adding more rookies to the club, but their stance on the situation has chanced, since the Wizards moved up to the third slot during the NBA Draft Lottery.
Georgetown’s Otto Porter is the consensus pick amongst Washington Wizards fans, but the selection seems to be wide open in terms of prospects. Anthony Bennett out of UNLV would fit the description as a “pick and pop” forward who can stretch the floor, as well as score in the post. Washington was the worst offensive team in the league this past season, so adding a player who can put the ball in the basket is probably their biggest goal during this off-season. Cody Zeller will likely become a dark horse candidate for many lottery teams on June 27th, especially since he’d fill a need as a versatile forward.
The NBA Draft is one way to accommodate needs, but at the end of the day, I think the Wizards will take the best player available. Adding a forward to help John Wall and Bradley Beal can be done through trades and free agency, which will be the likely route for the Wizards.
The Wizards also have two second round picks, which could be packaged in a deal to either move up in the draft, or add another veteran to fill their needs.
So, what do you think of John Wall’s comments? Should the Wizards take a “stretch 4″ in the draft, just so they could fill a need? Or should they look at possible trade scenarios in order to acquire more talent?