We told you the Wizards had a volatile practice in the past week, a culmination of an ugly 5-11 start to the season that has left everyone — players, coaches, management, fans, guys who clean the arena after games — frustrated.
After teammate Jeff Green and Brooks pushed Wall and Wizards teammates to raise the level of intensity in a practice last week, Wall fired back with “F— you,” toward Brooks, league sources said.
Wall did apologize to Brooks shortly afterward, and to his teammates the following day, league sources said.
The disconnect between Wall and his teammates has increased throughout the Wizards’ struggles, league sources said. Washington is 5-11, and underachieving this season.
That crossed a line and Wall deserved a fine. Wall seems to understand that.
But it wasn’t just Wall.
Along with John Wall fine, recent practice included All-Star Bradley Beal taking aim at Wizards officials, including president Ernie Grunfeld: “I’ve been dealing with this s— for 7 years — it starts top-down.” Jeff Green and Wall, Beal and Austin Rivers had heated altercations.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 20, 2018
The Wizards are a mess, and the team chemistry and body language is just ugly in person. The Wizards knew things weren’t ideal for years but kept doubling down on John Wall and Bradley Beal as the core, with Otto Porter as a third player on a max deal, thinking that if they changed coaches or role players — this year it was Marcin Gortat that was sent out as a scapegoat — things would change. But the problem was with the core, how they got along off the court and worked together on it. And that never changed.
Now the Wizards are open to big moves and shaking everything up, but at this point the trade values for those stars have dropped and the Wizards are going to be looking at lowball offers. Maybe they can get something done at the February deadline, but this feels more like a July kind of trade.
Which would mean somehow this Wizards roster needs to get through this season.