No Progress On John Wall Buyout — Return To Rockets Incoming?

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The Houston Rockets and John Wall came to an agreement where he’d sit out while the team favors playing their young backcourt talents during the 2021-22 NBA season. The intent was for Wall to sit out while the team found a trade but there’s been no traction on that front.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wall has expressed ‘hope’ to the Rockets organization to be able to return to game action in the ‘near future.’ Both sides are expected to discuss this possibility on Sunday.

“Houston Rockets guard John Wall has expressed his hope to the organization that he can resume playing for the team in the near future, sources tell ESPN.

“Wall and the Rockets had agreed on him sitting out until a trade could be found, but the five-time All-Star guard talked to Houston general manager Rafael Stone on Friday about restarting discussions on a return to the active roster, sources said. The two sides are expected to continue talks on Sunday.”

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With Wall having two-years, $91 million remaining on his supermax contract he signed with the Washington Wizards, it’s essentially impossible to find a trade suitor for him. He has arguably the least favorable deal in the NBA given the injury history and disparity in cost versus impact.

The Rockets would surely need to be willing to attach draft assets in order to move on from Wall’s contract. The Los Angeles Lakers proved willing to take on Russell Westbrook’s contract after his strong finish to the 2020-21 season with the Washington Wizards, but there just isn’t a market for Wall.

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It will fascinating to see what the resolution is for John Wall and the Houston Rockets. If he wants to play a regular role with a team, he’s surely going to have to entertain leaving a lot of money for the 2022-23 season on the table in a buyout negotiation to do it.

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