John Wall recently met with Houston Rockets management expressing hopes to play again. However, it didn’t go as well as planned.
The Rockets are currently in a rebuilding stage, as they hope to allocate their minutes to some of their younger guys, including the backcourt tandem of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
Wall Has a Desire to Play Meaningful Role
Wall has a desire to play starter minutes if he were to rejoin the Rockets. Not necessarily come off the bench and have to defer to his younger teammates.
It’s totally understandable why Wall has that desire, as he’s only a season removed from averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 assists per game.
He missed most of the 2018-19 season and all of the 2019-20 season due to a torn Achilles injury, but he proved last season that he can still be effective at a decently high level.
Unfortunately, the Rockets no longer have James Harden, as they brought in Wall in hopes to be able to retain their franchise icon before they dealt him to the Brooklyn Nets.
Because of the current predicament they’re in, they just don’t see a need for Wall to play a meaningful role on their team, but Wall has one of the more lucrative contracts in the league, so a trade appears impossible to pull off, nor does Wall have a desire to give back much money in a buyout.
Still, it’s hard not to feel for Wall, as he’s one of the more exciting players in the league when he’s healthy with his ability to throw down a dunk and go up for acrobatic layups.
Potential Destinations for Wall
If Wall is somehow able to get moved this season, there are a number of teams that could make sense.
The Miami Heat could be seen as a fit in a potential buyout, as they could use a more than serviceable backup to Kyle Lowry.
Wall would instantly provide instant energy off Miami’s bench, and in a game where momentum swings can happen at any time, Wall has the intangibles to make that happen in an instant.
The Los Angeles Clippers could make sense for Wall as well, as he’ll almost certainly steal the starting point guard role from either Eric Bledsoe or Reggie Jackson.
The Clippers need a reliable scoring option next to Paul George with Kawhi Leonard likely out for the season, and Wall would provide that.
The New York Knicks are another team that could make a lot of sense
The Knicks had high expectations entering the season, but find themselves just two games over .500 and without a true answer at the point guard position.
Kemba Walker is out of the rotation for the foreseeable future, and with him looking like a huge question mark moving forward, Wall could come in and be an upgrade and help facilitate the offense next to Julius Randle.