The Houston Rockets’ ongoing standoff with John Wall appears to be approaching its conclusion.
At the beginning of the season it seemed as though both sides agreed to a trade being necessary. Unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons, one couldn’t come together.
That resulted in Wall being out of action for the entirety of the 2021-22 NBA season.
Now, it appears as though both sides have once again agreed that it’s time to move on – due in no small part to Wall’s latest maneuver.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, two teams have emerged as leading contenders for Wall’s services.
“If the Rockets are unable to find a trade for Wall before the June 23 NBA draft, all signs now point to Houston and Wall’s representation revisiting buyout talks prior to free agency in July,” he wrote.
“In that event, Wall would become an unrestricted free agent, and the Clippers, along with the Miami Heat, have been mentioned by league sources as strong potential landing spots for him.”
It will be interesting to see where things go from here. Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists for Houston in 2020-21 before being shelved this past year. Offensively he clearly still has a lot to give.
But his massive contract and injury-prone history obviously make him a risk in trade scenarios. There’s a reason the Los Angeles Lakers ultimately didn’t pull the trigger on a deal for him.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) April 22, 2022
Wall deserves a shot with a new team. And most likely, he’ll eventually get it.
Will it be with the Heat or the Clippers? Time will tell.