John Wall and Rockets Working Together on Finding a Trade

John Wall at the NBA All-Star Game in 2017
John Wall at the NBA All-Star Game in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

All-Star point guard John Wall is inching closer to the end of his stint with the Houston Rockets. According to multiple reports, the two sides are currently working on finding a trade that would see Wall departing Houston in the near future.

If there’s no deal to be found when the 2021-22 NBA season tips off, Wall won’t be part of the Rockets’ lineup. He will, however, remain on the team and provide leadership to the team’s young backcourt of Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green while he’s there.

Wall arrived in Houston from the Washington Wizards ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season in a trade that saw superstar guard Russell Westbrook head in the opposite direction. Having not played since late 2018, he ended up putting together a solid campaign that saw him average 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists in 40 games.

While the past season allowed Wall to show that he still can play despite the injuries that spoiled the last four years of his career, the Rockets will have a hard time finding a taker for him. This is mostly due to the massive contract that will pay him $91.7 million in the next two years, counting the $47.4 million player option for 2022-23.

Houston reportedly wants to help Wall find a landing spot but are not ready to attach a first-round pick to do so. Also, sources close to the situation reported that the team is only willing to consider a buyout if Wall isn’t off the team by the end of the upcoming season.