Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 7:15 am  |  14 responses

Wizards Not Guaranteeing John Wall Anything

All year long we’ve assumed that John Wall would be going No. 1 in the Draft no matter what team held the pick. That maybe no longer be true. As the Washington Post writes: “Wall and Turner both met with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, Coach Flip Saunders and other personnel on Thursday and likely will be the only two players to work out for the top slot at Verizon Center. Although he is considered the prohibitive favorite to go first, Wall said he didn’t receive any assurances from the Wizards in his 30-minute meeting. ’Nah, that’s what I’m waiting for, to see if I’m their guy,’ Wall said. ‘It’s up in the air.’ Turner said he came away with a similar sense of ambiguity. When asked if the meetings helped sway him one way or another, Grunfeld refused to publicly acknowledge his leaning. ‘They both were really impressive young men. Very serious, focused. They really know what they want out of their careers,’ Grunfeld said, without getting into specifics…The 6-foot-4 Wall said his conversation touched on his ability to play with Gilbert Arenas, a three-time all-star who plays the same position. Wall said it shouldn’t be a problem for him — so long as Wall doesn’t have to change positions. ‘If they pick me, if they want me to be the player that I want to be, I have to have the ball in my hands, as a point guard and lead the offense,’ said Wall.’”

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  • Nate

    Nah they’ll take him for sure

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    Gil full time at the 2 spot? That sounds promising.

  • Dardo

    How are the Wizards gonna pick Wall and have Arenas there? Is he gonna be Arenas back up PG? That’s not gonna happen if you’re projected No.1, and Arenas is too good to trade, I mean how are you gonna trade a proven All-star PG for a rookie who you have no clue how he’s gonna measure up against grown up men, sure he’s good against kids but that doesn’t always translate well into the pros. Then they have Shaun Livingston who looked stunning in his comeback. So the Wizards have 2 great PG’s already on their roster, what in hell are they gonna do with a 3rd PG? I highly doubt they will pick Wall unless they pick him and trade him immediately, though that bears the question what will they be able to get in return for him? A proven center would be good, but those are a rarity in the NBA and no one is willing to trade a good center for a great PG. I can see why the Wizards feel the pressure because picking Wall, even if he is the best talent in the draft, does not make sense since they’ve got 2 great PG at that position. It will definitely exciting to watch what they will do. One thing to remember is that the No.1 pick is not always the rookie of the year and is not always the best pro. Net’s new owner Prokharov said something great after being questioned of his thoughts of landing the 3rd spot, “getting a the no.1 draft choice is not always good, once a player was taken at no.3 and that player was Michael Jordan”, i’m starting to like this guy!

  • underdog

    I’d trade the pick, no doubt.

  • Captain Fantastic

    I say Gil challenges Wall to a duel.

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    Dardo: Livingston didn’t look “stunning”, he looked “solid”. Glad he’s still able to play, and play well, but it has nothing to do when it comes to picking Wall. Arenas “too good to trade”? No. You can’t say a player is “too good” when he hasn’t been a factor on the court for the last 3 years. It’s not that he’s “too good to trade”, he’s too expensive to trade. There are few teams out there willing to take on a contract that high for a player who has missed multiple seasons due injury, and of course this season because of the whole guns incident.

  • giogolo

    Gerard > Dardo
    Sums up the whole thought of any succeeding comments here on this topic.

  • will.i.am

    co-sign captain fantastic

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    this is horrible, if you’re the Wizards… it’s basically all on Gil. can you convince him to play shooting-guard…

  • mchew15

    @ Captain Fantastic nice

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Will everyone please stop acting like Arenas is ever going to wear a Wizards uniform again?

  • Jose

    Dont trade the pick,trade gil if anyone is willing to take him.i know he has some suiters..ish. Trade the pick for beasley. Him and arenas(if he stays shuld work nice. Its like a younger jamison almost

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    @JE, Yes. Arenas ought to be banished from the league for a long, long time. There is no reason why he should even be in the same breath as “playing in the NBA.” He did something that could’ve gotten someone shot and killed. And if the Wizards don’t pick Wall, well, they are freaking stupid. Sure, we won’t know who is really good, but Wall will probably be better than Turner down the line anyway.

  • mytiman

    Take Wall and trade Gilbert.