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Tommy Sheppard, the GM of the Washington Wizards, believes the return of John Wall will help the team defensively.

Sheppard expects Washington’s defense to be good again next season through the return of Wall, the draft and free agency.

“We’re gonna improve defensively, and a lot of that is by repetition and continuity. We certainly look inside. Maybe we can get some more physicality there and get some more help out on the wings. There’s a lot of need that comes, but sometimes those needs get met by just staying patient (with your) players.

When you get John Wall back, that guy was on the All-Defensive Team a few years ago. John can contain the dribble, and that takes a lot of pressure off the defense, too,” the Wizards GM told Fred Katz of The Athletic.