John Wall and Rockets agreed to seek a deal and parted ways
The five-time All-Star John Wall and the Houston Rockets are splitting.
The two sides agreed to work together to find a trading partner and provide a new home for the 31-year-old.
Shams Charania of the track team and Tim McMahon of ESPN first reported the news.
For both parties, the easy part is agreeing to separate from each other and find a suitable destination.
However, finding a partner who is willing to undertake the Wall contract is another matter.
Wall’s current contract has 91.7 million dollars left, and 44.3 million dollars will expire next season. He also has a player option for the 2022-23 season, which can reach up to 47.4 million dollars.
It is foolish for him not to exercise that option, and he is likely to do so.
For a defender who is often injured and shot only 40.4% last season, this price tag is high.
If Wall is traded this offseason, it will mark the Rockets’ third consecutive offseason to send an All-Star veteran point guard.
In 2019, they traded Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook, and the experiment ended in the second round of the playoffs.
After the 2020 playoffs, Westbrook made a trade request and saw that he was traded for John Wall.
In the same year, James Harden was traded to Brooklyn, marking Houston’s transition from a contender to a reconstruction.
Wall was absent for nearly two seasons due to bone spur and Achilles tendon injuries and returned last season.
He averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 40 games.
Wall started in all 40 games he participated in.
In addition to the aforementioned 40.4% shooting average per game, his three-point shooting percentage has also reached 31.7%, which will only increase the difficulty of trading him.
However, John Wall did show He still has something Staying in the tank can be valuable to competitors or teams seeking veteran leadership.
His scoring and organizational skills are still sufficient, but it is difficult to send him out of H City.
This post is written by Eric Magana