LaVar & Dukes: Wall Says Howard Would Be Nice, But Nene Is The Right Man For Wizards
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — John Wall thinks the Washington Wizards have their guy in Nene.
When asked what the addition of Dwight Howard could mean to the franchise, Wall was quick to say he was happy with the big man they currently had on the roster during an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes Wednesday afternoon.
The Orlando Magic are expected to try to get a long-term deal done with Howard who is reportedly unhappy playing there. Who knows where he could land?
If the Brooklyn Nets get the first overall pick in the draft they are rumored to be willing to swap that for Howard. The Magic would then take Anthony Davis with the pick according to the Yahoo Sports report.
Then there are the questions surrounding his character after the firing of Stan Van Gundy and the injury concerns after his back surgery.
But all of that is occurring outside of DC.
Internally, the face of the Wizards franchise is more than happy with Nene, whom they acquired in a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers in March.
Perhaps his opinion makes all Howard to DC speculation moot.
Asked which teammate stood out to Wall during a lackluster season for the Wizards, he was quick with his response — Nene.
“He came in and ‘boom’,” Wall emphatically said.
It’s not that Wall doesn’t think Howard wouldn’t be a big addition to the roster, but it’s just not the hole the team needs to fill.
If the Wizards hit the lottery and get the first overall pick in the draft, the odds of which are roughly 20 percent, Wall would welcome Davis to the team with open arms.
But instead of focusing on infusing more youth on the roster, he feels the team would be better served to bring in veteran depth.
“I think we’ve done a great job of going through the draft,” Wall said of the youth influx, adding that it’s critical to have a couple of veteran guys to help guide the team through tough times.