With the Washington Wizards looking to improve in the 2019 offseason, they may look at trading one of these five players to make a playoff push next season.
Heading into the 2018-19 NBA season, the Washington Wizards had made the playoffs in four of the past five years. They hoped that their star duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal could lead them to yet another appearance, but the Wizards had a series of unfortunate events that led them to one of the most disappointing seasons in recent history.
John Wall played just 32 games before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles. This injury is so significant that not only did he miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season, but there is also a chance he will miss the entire 2019-20 season as well.
This injury, along with several other injuries, including Dwight Howard only playing in nine games, resulted in the Wizards finishing the season with a record of 32-50, good for 11th in the Eastern Conference and no playoff appearance. The Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and will be hoping to land a player who can make an immediate impact.
With the Wizards being in one of the most difficult situations in the entire NBA with some of the worst contracts in the NBA, as well as John Wall being sidelined for the foreseeable future, they will have some extremely pivotal decisions to make this offseason. This is a summer that could be looked back upon as one that changed the direction of the franchise.
Although there are no guarantees that Washington will be able to trade away any of its current players under contract, let’s take a look at the five players most likely to be on the move if a deal is made.