The Washington Wizards are one of the 22 teams who are invited to be in the NBA’s return in Orlando, Florida on July 31st. They were a horrid 24-40 prior to the league’s COVID-19 hiatus and will be on an uphill battle as they fight for a playoff spot.
The two teams that they will be chasing, the 30-34 Brooklyn Nets and the 30-35 Orlando Magic, are both ahead by at least 5.5 games, and they need to overcome that deficit within eight regular season contests.
With the league-sanctioned ‘transaction window’ set to open on June 23rd, though, which would allow teams to sign free agents, the Wizards’ five-time All-Star point guard, John Wall, has an idea for reinforcement.
As Wall shared to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, it’s something he’s been long “pushing” for. He might be lobbying it harder than ever since he’s still sidelined from the achilles tear he suffered in January 2019.
“Oh man, you know I’m trying to push for that. I’ve been on that for like five years. I want to sign him right now … [But] I’m like ‘bro, be smart, take your time to get all the way healthy so you can show these people what you’re all about’ … I want him to focus on that and get back to the Boogie that he was.”
Of course, as you all know, DeMarcus Cousins himself is battling injuries too. The 29-year-old big man has been on-and-off serious injuries for more than two years now – a torn ACL in his left knee in early 2018, a torn quadriceps in the 2019 playoffs, and a torn achilles in the 2019 off-season. He was with the Los Angeles Lakers this season but was waived prior to getting healthy enough to play.
Still, the Wizards may give Wall’s recommendation an extra look because they know they’ll keep their star point guard happy by bringing in one of his buddies. Having been teammates at the University of Kentucky, Wall and Cousins are close friends off-the-court. They had a superb ‘one-and-done’ season together, led the Wildcats to its first Elite Eight berth in seven seasons, and basically put Kentucky back as one of NCAA’s powerhouse schools.
Can Boogie really help the Wizards?
Obviously, it will depend on his health. He may be way better now than he was before the games got suspended. Weeks before getting released by the Lakers, head coach Frank Vogel claimed that Cousins is “on track” to be available come playoff time – which, at that time, was thought of to be either April or May.
Cousins is a stat-stuffer with an imposing offensive game. If healthy, he will add a strong scoring punch and an extra moxie that the Wizards most definitely need. Although Washington has established itself as a top six offense in the league (115.6 PPG), no one is truly consistent or dangerous outside Bradley Beal.
Beal is putting up career-highs 30.5 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.0 threes per game this season, but he may be more effective if he isn’t burdened with such a load. Also, in an era of super teams and dynamic duos, his one-man wrecking crew, hero ball-esque style will not take the Wizards anywhere.