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The Wizards aren't even working out Evan Turner

Jun 11, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

John Wall is a can’t-miss prospect. He’s going to be a star in the NBA for a long, long time, and he’s immensely talented. So much so that the only suspense between the draft lottery and the draft itself concerned whether or not the Wizards could possibly talk themselves out of taking Wall with the No. 1 pick.

That’s not going to happen. From Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

David Falk, agent for Ohio State junior Evan Turner, said that his
client would not work out for the Wizards. Falk and Turner were both in
attendance at Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Boston. Falk said Turner
would only work out for Philadelphia, which holds the No. 2 pick, on
June 17 – the same day Wall will work out for the Wizards. Wall is
currently scheduled to workout for the 76ers the day before.

While it’s not surprising that the Wizards would favor Wall, it’s a bit weird that they won’t even bring Turner in for a closer look. I guess if they’ve already made their decision they needn’t bother with
smokescreens, but isn’t there always the chance that Turner just knocks
their socks off in interviews and workouts? Of course, it could be a decision made by Turner and David Falk, based on Falk’s own estimation of Washington’s infatuation with Wall/lack of interest in Turner. We don’t know for sure at this point.

Regardless, Wall will be the guy. He should be the guy, and he and the Wizards should be very happy together. Y’know, unless the whole thing suddenly erodes and Washington is plagued by even more misfortune. Not to jinx it or anything.

  1. Truth About It - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Lee’s report did not indicate that the Wizards, themselves, are choosing not to work out Turner … this could very well be a David Falk thing. Not sure why, though.

  2. aweb - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Workouts and interviews are possibly the worst possible way to decide who the best player is, so it’s good they removed that temptation from themselves. There is nothing you can learn in one workout to base a franchise-alterning decision on. I’d argue that only having a year’s worth of college games to watch is barely enough, but then the high school tapes are probably looked at too. If they interviewed Wall, and nothing horrifying came up (drug habit, secretly runs a dog fighting ring, is responsible for the gulf oil spill), then that’s that.

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