This past weekend Houston Rockets guard John Wall met with team officials and expressed a desire to come back and play. Up to this point, he had been sidelined as the team sought out a possible trade partner.
Wall’s $44 million salary, chronic injury woes, and rapidly advancing age obviously made the prospect a little more difficult.
Given the lack of willing trade suitors for Wall, the Rockets are increasingly facing one of two options: either they can continue keeping their star sidelined or they can play him.
Unfortunately, that latter option isn’t as simple as it sounds. Apparently, there is one fundamental disagreement at the core of why Houston is reluctant to let Wall suit up.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Wall “told team officials his desire is to play, start games and compete to maintain [that] role.” The Rockets, given all the young talent on the roster, want Wall to “come off the bench.”
It is going to be tough to find a middle ground there. Last season Wall averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Under the right circumstances, he could be very good. At the same time, it’s understandable why Houston wouldn’t want to sacrifice the development of its young talent.
Currently, three teams have expressed interest in Wall should the Rockets buy him out. In addition, one potential blockbuster trade has been discussed – though the viability of it remains in question.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) November 29, 2021
At some point in the near future Houston will need to make a decision on Wall. And when it does, it will be interesting to see what the fallout ultimately is.