The Washington Wizards were one game away from making the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Unfortunately for Washington, they would lose to Boston in game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. All-star point guard John Wall believes his Wizards need another star to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference. The star that Wall wants to get is Indiana’s Paul George. The 27-year-old George has been recently linked to the Cavaliers in a rumored three-team deal. George has told the Pacers that he will opt out of his contract at the end of next season, and will look to move on to another team.
Wall had this to say to ESPN’s The Undefeated:
“Look at our team. We are one piece away. We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man (Otto Porter Jr.) did great for us. You can’t take nothing away from what he did. But, [Paul George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It’s a piece that you’re going to need to win. If you don’t have a guy who can do that, you don’t have a chance.”
Wall told The Undefeated that he would try to recruit George, with the hope that he can get George to request a trade to the Wizards.
If the Wizards can find a way to get George, they definitely could compete with Cleveland. Many believed that Washington could have given the Cavaliers a much harder test than the Celtics did in the Eastern Conference Finals this year.
Wall is right, Washington is one piece away, but to get George might be a long shot for the Wizards, especially since George can opt of his contract and become a free agent at the end of next season. Plus, George is reportedly interested in being with the Lakers at some point. Therefore, it could be just a one year thing.
Wall and the Wizards may have to look elsewhere to find that missing piece.