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Top Stories of the Week: John Wall became a dad, played poorly, has a heel injury, and is a possible target for the Lakers

The Wizards’ franchise player had a big week for good and bad reasons.

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John Wall hasn’t played like his normal self lately. How bad are his injuries?
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Earlier this week, John Wall missed the Wizards’ game last Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. He missed that game to attend the birth of his first child, who was a son according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. I don’t see any photos just yet, but they should be coming out sooner rather than later!

In Wall’s absence, Washington came up victorious, 131-117 as the “Everybody Eats” Offense version 2.0 did its work.

Wall came back to play on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played 26 minutes in a 116-101 loss, scoring just one point and dishing six assists. What was more appalling was Wall’s poor performance on the defensive end as rookie point guard Collin Sexton tied a career high on the scoring front with 29 points and looked like former Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving out there.

Joking aside, Wall played horribly. What we didn’t know to this point was that Wall had a left heel injury (bone spurs) that nagged him for some time.

Everyone has bad days, and Wall certainly had one on Saturday. If he cannot play, at least we’ll get to see more “Everybody Eats” basketball since it is keeping defenses on their toes.

In the last couple weeks, we saw various rumors of Bradley Beal wanting out of D.C. and the Sacramento Kings eyeing Otto Porter to be one of their key cogs in a resurgent season. This week, Kevin Broom dug a bit further about trade rumors involving Wall.

Apparently, there is chatter that the Lakers are willing to get John Wall in exchange for some of their younger players, including sophomore point guard Lonzo Ball. It’s early, but trading Wall before his supermax extension’s first year would be unprecedented, mostly for the wrong reasons. Those contracts are intended to keep players with one team. So if Wall is traded, whether to the Lakers or anyone else, it also would be an implicit admission that his extension was a mistake.


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Alright, that’s what I have on my plate. Enjoy the rest of your weekends!