Rockets still consider John Wall a ‘high-upside acquisition’

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The Houston Rockets believe John Wall will be the co-star of the team next season, alongside James Harden.

The Rockets consider Wall a ‘high-upside acquisition’, but their priority is to keep him healthy throughout the season.

“During the course of Houston’s trade talks around the league, John Wall was singled out as the most intriguing option on the market.

The Rockets had no interest in a major downgrade, as that would defeat the purpose of smoothing things over with Harden and might also signal a rebuild.

They may be parting with a former MVP (Russell Westbrook) in the trade, but they still consider Wall a high-upside acquisition — as long as he can stay healthy,” Fred Katz and Kelly Iko of The Athletic report.

The Rockets decided to send Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Wall and a 2023 first-round pick. Wall has not played in the NBA since December 2018, due to injuries.