The Houston Rockets and John Wall have agreed to work together in an attempt to find a trade destination for the veteran point guard, as the franchise is committed to moving forward with Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green as its starting backcourt, sources told ESPN. The commitment to the 20-year-old Porter and 18-year-old Green leaves Wall, a five-time All-Star who was traded to Houston in the Russell Westbrook deal last year, without a starting role. Wall, 31, is not expected to play for Houston, as team management and Wall mutually decided that a bench role for him wouldn’t be beneficial to either party. Wall is due $91.7 million over the next two seasons, including a player option for $47.4 million in 2022-23, a contract that makes attempting to trade him extremely difficult. Sources said the Rockets do not want to give up first-round draft compensation in a Wall trade and would not have interest in discussing a buyout until possibly after free agency next summer. Wall has been limited to 113 games over the last four seasons due to a series of significant injuries, including an Achilles tendon tear that sidelined him for the entire 2019-20 season, his final year with the Washington Wizards. Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games for the Rockets last season. Wall, a former No. 1 overall pick, is expected to participate in training camp and to be around the team while he remains on the Rockets’ roster.
Rockets reportedly looking to trade Wall
Sep 15, 2021