It sounds like the two sides are working on finding the veteran a new home.
“After meeting and seeing eye-to-eye on the direction of the Houston Rockets, the franchise and John Wall have agreed on working together to find a new home for the five-time All-Star guard, sources tell The Athletic,” wrote Shams Charania.
“The plan is for Wall to remain present around the Rockets entering training camp, which begins late this month, and to not play in games for Houston this season, sources said. Wall is entering his second year in Houston after spending most of his career with Washington.
“In a meeting between Wall and the Rockets recently, Houston officials explained to Wall the direction of the franchise and that the team wants to protect the veteran guard’s health. The Rockets explained that the team does not want to jeopardize Wall’s fitness, and the sides agreed on the route that won’t complicate his ability to continue playing at a high level.
“Sources said 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.”
For a variety of reasons, Wall doesn’t exactly fit Houston’s timeline to win. However, the five-time All-Star could potentially help out a contending team in the 2021-22 season.
In the 2020-21 campaign, Wall averaged 20.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. He made 40.4 percent of his shots from the field and 31.7 percent of his shots from long range.
The former first-round pick spent the first nine years of his career with the Washington Wizards before joining the Rockets. It sounds like he could join the third team of his career in the near future.
Time will tell where he ends up for the 2021-22 season.