Wizards' Wall fined, subject of trade talks

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Posted at Nov 20 2018 09:46 AM

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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball as Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin (14) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

With the Washington Wizards in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal -- and all other players on the roster -- are available in trade talks, ESPN reported Monday, citing league sources.

And the increasing tension apparently is getting to Wall, who was fined an undisclosed amount Monday for his verbal attack unleashed at coach Scott Brooks during a recent practice session, according to ESPN.

Per the ESPN report, Wizards teammate Jeff Green and Brooks prodded Wall and other teammates to raise the level of intensity in a practice last week. That led to an expletive from Wall aimed at Brooks.

Wall apologized to Brooks minutes after the explosion, and to his teammates the following day, league sources said.

The Wizards, who have been to the playoffs four of the past five seasons, are off to a 5-11 start heading into a Tuesday night home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Brooks expressed his frustration this weekend after double-digit losses at home to the Brooklyn Nets and the Portland Trail Blazers.

"We got to just play with more enthusiasm, more effort, more energy," Brooks said Sunday. "It's embarrassing."

Sources told ESPN that Washington still hopes to reshape the team around Wall and Beal, but that there has been only lukewarm interest in forwards Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. on the trade market.

Previously, the Wizards reportedly had resisted included Wall or Beal in trade discussions for either Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler.

Wall, 28, is a five-time All-Star. The point guard is averaging 20.9 points, 7.9 assists and 2.0 steals through 16 games this season. Beal, 25, made his first All-Star team in 2017-18 and is averaging 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season.

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