With the Washington Wizards in closer proximity to the Eastern Conference’s ninth-place Detroit Pistons than the second-place Toronto Raptors, it stands to reason John Wall’s six-to-eight-month absence will have them working the phones and dangling their best assets in pursuit of an impact trade.
Or, you know, maybe not.
Despite losing Wall, the Wizards are apparently in no rush to trade this year’s first-round pick unless it nets them a true All-Star, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge:
Meanwhile, Wizards know what Wall’s loss means to short term, but remain determined to keep their 2018 first-round pick after dealing their firsts in three of the previous four years to fill holes on roster. A trade this year would have to involve a star, not a role player.