Playoffs or bust for Wizards?
John Wall hasn't made a secret of it. The 6-4 point guard wants to have the chance to post up now that Eric Maynor is on board.
Maynor, a combo guard who was acquired in the off-season as a free agent, could assist Wall in that if it fits the scheme of coach Randy Wittman.
Preliminary indications, however, suggest that the Wizards prefer to have the ball in Wall's hands to initiate the offense.
Wittman, who has emphasized defensive concepts in the first five days of training camp, has been non-committal about his offensive adjustments.
"Way too early right now. I want to have him and John go against each other," Wittman said of Maynor. "It's going to be good for John because he's a solid defensive player. We'll have time to look at that."
Before camp started a week ago, Maynor was able to experience first-hand what Wall is like when posting up.
"He's been doing a little bit in pick up," Maynor said. "He keeps working on it he'll be fine. Strong guy. Stronger than most people think he is."
Wittman is expected to go with small lineups, particularly with center Emeka Okafor (herniated disk) out indefinitely.
Wall and Maynor certainly will find themselves on the court simultaneously. That's something Wittman was reluctant to do with Wall and then-backup A.J. Price until the end of a 29-win season with limited success. Maynor is more versatile which is why they secured him during the first day of the free-agent signing period in July.
"I come in and I slow it down for a little bit. We don't want to be fast the whole night," said Maynor, alluding to his previous experience playing behind Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who can be a blur pushing the pace like Wall. "We got to slow it up, get great shots. That's why I think we're going to be good together."