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Odds Confirm John Wall and Bradley Beal May Be Traded

John Wall, Bradley Beal
John Wall and Bradley Beal could be playing elsewhere sooner rather than later. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr)
  • The  Washington Wizards are off to a dismal 5-11 start to the NBA season
  • Last season, the Wizards were the No. 8 seed in the East
  • Wizards stars John Wall and Bradley Beal will be traded according to the odds 

Trade the Wall . . .  trade the Wall.

Okay, so Washington Wizards supporters aren’t chanting that. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. In fact, odds suggest it will.

The sportsbook has posted a betting line on the likelihood that both members of Washington’s  starting backcourt – John Wall and Bradley Beal – will be dealt. And chances are that if the Wizards keep heading south, one or both of them will be headed elsewhere.

Both Wall and Beal have spent their entire NBA careers with the Wizards. At 28, Wall is three years Beal’s senior, and on the surface, that might appear to make him look like the one more likely to be moved.

Will John Wall Be Traded By Jan. 1, 2019?

Will John Wall Be traded By Jan. 1, 2019? Odds
Yes -120
No -120

The flaw in that theory is that the Wizards signed Wall to a four-year contract extension in 2017 that starts in 2019-20 and will average $42 million annually for four years. A further complication in any Wall deal is the inclusion of a 15 percent trade kicker.

The Wizards signed Wall to a four-year contract extension in 2017 that starts in 2019-20 and will average $42 million annually for four years.

Beal, 25, could prove to have the better marketability, considering his age, his more easily-managed contract and his outstanding shooting ability from three-point range.

Will Bradley Beal Be Traded By Jan. 1, 2019?

Will Bradley Beal Be traded By Jan. 1, 2019? Odds
Yes -120
No -120

Beal won’t be eligiible for free agency until 2021 and is not earning max money in relation to the salary cap, meaning more teams might be able to make a play for his services.

Beal holds the franchise single-season record for most three-point field goals (223) and has 904 treys over his seven NBA seasons.

Might Both Be on the Move?

Beal and Wall are the faces of the franchise, together as Washington’s starting backcourt since 2012. But with no sign on the horizon that this dumpster fire of a season is going out anytime soon for the team most picked to win the NBA Southeast, might it be time to break up the band?

Will Bradley Beal and John Wall Be Traded on the Same Day?

Will Bradley Beal and John Wall Be Traded on the Same Day? Odds
Yes +250
No -400

There still seems to be a belief in NBA circles that neither Beal or Wall will be moved, so the chances of both going some place on the same day is remote.  If you want to bet on one of them being dealt, go with Beal.

The chances of both players going some place on the same day is remote. 

Wall is a favorite of team ownership, and the franchise leader in career assists with 5,129. And frankly, his contract scares teams.

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