John Wall and the Houston Rockets may seem to be poised to end their long, standing agreement of settling for inactivity.
Both sides were reportedly expected to tackle conversations of possible contract buyout (hat tip to Marc Stein via Substack). After exercising his $47 million player option last week, Stein has noted that there will be “serious murmurs” of buying out between Wall and the Rockets, once the said franchise won’t find a trading candidate to shoulder the former All-star guard’s remaining hefty contract.
Also, Wall’s willingness to shed up an amount of money in his contract to pursue a buyout could play a huge factor for the Rockets to let him go.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers, L. A. Clippers and the Miami Heat are in consideration to chase for Wall should he becomes available in the open market following the potential parting ways with H-Town.
Last season, both Houston and Wall have mutually agreed to sat down until there will be a potential trade partner to land him in a new scenario. As such, things didn’t materialize to what they have hoped for.
Marred by series of injuries, Wall became a shell of his former self from his prime days as the Washington Wizards franchise cornerstone. Since the 2017-2018 season, he only compiled a 72 regular season game appearance.
As the Rockets continue to approach their rebuilding plans seriously, Wall’s on-court presence isn’t very much needed for the development of their young nucleus being bannered by Jalen Green, Jabari Smith Jr., Kevin Porter Jr., and Alperen Sengun.