After trading JaVale McGee and Nick Young in a package deal for Nene last season, and amnestying Andray Blatche earlier this summer, the Washington Wizards were thought to be headed in a direction of relevance.
Washington made a few more moves, trading for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, as they attempted to change the mood within the Wizards’ locker room.
But getting out to a league-worst 3-22 record was not what the Wizards had banked on. Although they were missing Nene, and still are missing John Wall, the ambiance within the locker room reportedly is continuing to deteriorate.
According to David Aldridge from NBA.com, the Wizards locker room is crumbling despite moving McGee, Young and Blatche within the last year:
“It’s like there’s a cancer in here,” said one player.
And if the “anonymous” player’s comments weren’t bad enough, Nene, who should be a veteran leader on this young squad, are.
“When you play with confidence, and you’re together, it’s different,” Nene said. “You feel, you know your teammates know you, and you give your best. But right here, right now, it’s the opposite. Total opposite.”
It wasn’t as if trading the trio of troubled players would automatically make everything better in Washington. But signs point to a divided locker room and something Wall’s return to the court won’t cure.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to track this story.
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