After meeting and seeing “eye-to-eye,” the Houston Rockets and John Wall have mutually agreed to work together to find a new home for him, according to Shams Charania.
The plan is for Wall to be present at training camp that begins on Sept. 28, but not play in Rockets games this season.
There are no buyout plans on the two years and $91.7 million remaining on Wall’s contract, including a $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, Charania also notes.
Wall, 31, who is a five-time All-Star entering his 12th NBA season, did not ask to be traded, as he just isn’t in the team’s long-term plans, per Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston.
The Rockets are focusing on the future with their young core of players that includes Christian Wood, Kevin Porter Jr., Jae’Sean Tate, KJ Martin and rookies Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba and Josh Christopher.
As the Rockets explore the trade market for Wall, they have held discussions with free agent point guards in recent days, according to Charania.
In 40 games last season coming off of Achilles and knee injury rehab, Wall averaged 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 32.2 minutes per game, which should ultimately help his trade value.