The Boston Celtics might be looking to add some extra depth to their point guard position this summer. According to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko, Boston was one of a few teams that attended a private workout for John Wall.
“Veteran point guard John Wall held a private workout on Sunday with multiple teams — including the Boston Celtics and Portland Trailblazers — in attendance,” Iko reported in a tweet. “The five-time All-Star is ramping up efforts in hopes of a return to the NBA.”
Wall was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Wizards back in 2010. Since then, he’s been named to five NBA All-Star teams, one All-NBA third-team in 2016-17, and even made an All-Defensive second-team in 2014-15.
For his career, the 32-year-old has averaged 18.7 points, 8.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 43.0% from the field and 32.2% from beyond the arc.
However, he really hasn’t been the same since tearing his Achilles back in 2019.
He most recently suited up for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, appearing in 34 games and starting thrice. Wall averaged 11.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 40.8% overall and 30.3% from deep.
L.A. traded Wall to the Houston Rockets ahead of the February 9 trade deadline, and he was waived three days later.
Should the Boston Celtics be interested in John Wall?
For the minimum? Sure, why not.
The Boston Celtics have a bit of a strange situation with their guard rotation, after trading away Marcus Smart and almost trading Malcolm Brogdon last month. Brogdon’s name surfaced early in the day on June 21, before Smart was reported as the player being shipped out in the Kristaps Porzingis deal, just before midnight.
Is Brogdon going to want to stick around after seeing his name in a trade? Maybe. But, he can’t be thrilled about that, especially after saying he’s happy to be a Celtic and has enjoyed his time in Boston.
Smart’s exit does leave the once-overloaded backcourt feeling a bit thin. Bringing in Wall wouldn’t be much of a high-risk move. If the Celtics sign him on a minimum contract, then he’ll likely take on a similar role to Blake Griffin in the 2022-23 season.
Plus, J.D. Davison doesn’t look ready to be part of Boston’s guard rotation after tallying 16 turnovers through just two summer-league games.