Now that John Wall will be entering the final season of his exorbitant contract, the Rockets seem to believe a viable trade market exists for the veteran point guard.
Wall sat out the entire season as he and the Rockets sought a trade — to no avail. Rockets GM Rafael Stone told reporters that could change this summer.
“I think there’s a real market for John,” Stone said. “I think we’ll find a deal that will work for him and for us, and if one doesn’t materialize, we’ll we’ll cross that bridge (of a possible buyout) if and when it occurs. But that that is not something he’s focused on, and is not something I’m focused on.”
The Rockets engaged with the Lakers on a possible Wall-Russell Westbrook swap ahead of the February trade deadline, but ultimately decided against it. Perhaps such a deal will be discussed this offseason, as the Lakers seem equally determined to move on from Westbrook.
If the Rockets are unable to trade Wall, his representatives at Klutch Sports are expected to be open to discussing a contract buyout. As is always the case in these situations, Wall would like to play for a contender.
Wall, 31, appeared in 40 games during the 2020-21 season, his first with the Rockets, averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 assists. Along the way, he proved to be a leader and a true professional in a losing situation.
He did not play the year before that after suffering a left heel/Achilles infection. In all, he has played just 72 games over the previous four seasons.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Wall spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Wizards.