The first domino has fallen in the wake of the news of John Wall's extended absence: The Wizards are breaking up what many believed to be their core for years to come, trading Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.
Otto Porter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall scored 19 and the visiting Wizards moved within a half-game of the Southeast Division lead with a 112-86 victory over the Hawks on Friday night.
In the Wizards' 114-106 loss to the Houston Rockets, John Wall had 21 points and eight assists — reaching 3,826 for his career to surpass Wes Unseld to become the Wizards/Bullets all-time assist leader — but also picked up a pair of technical fouls. Wall's second came in the closing 33 seconds after using "inappropriate language" toward a game official.
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks has tentatively pegged Trey Burke as the starting point guard for the preseason opener against the visiting Miami Heat tonight at 8, replacing the recovering John Wall.
Wes Unseld has never been one to seek the spotlight. Yet there he was on Thursday, surrounded by media, NBA players past and present and several hundred youngsters who packed the gym at the Unseld School in West Baltimore for the promotion of a Washington Wizards preseason basketball game to be played in Baltimore on Oct. 20.