John Wall Pick Up His 2022-23 Option, Expected to Talk Buyout with the Rockets

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

Point guard John Wall picked up the 2022-23 player option on his contract with the Houston Rockets. However, this doesn’t mean that Wall will actually play with the Rockets next season.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Wall and the Rockets are expected to discuss the player’s future in the coming days. The organization remains hopeful that it could find a trade for the veteran soon but is willing to talk buyout if no other option seems plausible. The 31-year-old is set to earn $47.4 million in 2022-23.

John Wall joined the Rockets in late 2020 in a trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards. Wall would go on to play 40 games in 2020–21, averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 assists per game, before going down in March with a hamstring strain.

Despite fully recovering for the 2021-22 campaign, Wall didn’t play a single game. The rebuilding Rockets opted to focus on their younger players and have even sent Wall away from the team at one point. Both sides hoped they could find a way to part ways in the meantime, but nothing materialized.

John Wall was considered one of the league’s best guards between 2014 and 2018 when he made five consecutive All-Star appearances. Unfortunately, a series of injuries derailed his career. He had a series of health issues in recent years, including a season-ending heel surgery in 2018-19 and an Achilles rupture that caused him to miss the entire 2019-20. In total, Wall only played 113 games in the last five years.

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