The Houston Rockets are 3-16 on the year and currently have the worst record in the entire NBA.
Complicating matters further is that the team has, thus far, refused to play its highest paid player: John Wall.
Despite averaging 20.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season, Wall has been sidelined in favor of younger players.
Wall’s salary for the 2021-22 NBA season is $44.3 million.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Wall now has a new demand for the Rockets: play me.
“Houston Rockets guard John Wall has expressed his hopes to the organization that he can resume playing for the team in the near future, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski tweeted.
“Wall and 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 a dialogue on a return to the active roster, sources said. Sides plan to talk again on Sunday.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) November 24, 2021
The Rockets have made it no secret that they are desperate to trade Wall. Despite that, only one credible blockbuster trade possibility involving him has arisen. And if the Los Angeles Lakers don’t ultimately bite, there is a good chance Houston will have no takers for their veteran guard.
Will the Rockets ultimately grant Wall his wish and permit him to play this season? Time will tell.