After trading Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall. The organization had one thing in mind which was staying competitive in the competitive Western Conference. However, the Rockets are in a similar situation as the former All-Star couldn’t stay healthy and only appeared in 40 games for the Rockets.
What Will the Houston Rockets Do Moving Forward
On a positive note for the Houston Rockets organization, they have a young core of players built around the second overall pick of this year’s draft Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, Alperen Sengun, and amongst others. The Houston Rockets may also be able to find a suitor for Eric Gordon as the season progresses due to his veteran presence, and ability to shoot from behind the arc in the modern NBA.
The main issue for the team is finding a suitor for John Wall who hasn’t shown the ability to stay healthy even though he averaged 20.6 PPG, 6.9 APG, 3.2 RPG, and 1.1 steals per game in approximately 32 minutes per game through 40 appearances. There are other factors that may not resolve the situation anytime soon.
The organization is reportedly in agreement with John Wall and his camp on the intent of holding Wall out during the season until the team is able to find him a new home. The positive in this situation is that Wall is not forcing his way out of playing games as there is no animosity or damage in their relationship between the two parties. Wall plans to remain present around the team as they enter training camp.
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— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) August 1, 2021
The Rockets Will Continue to Monitor the Market
Many executives and analysts around the league believe it will be nearly impossible to move Wall before the start of this season or before next year’s trade deadline due to his contract. With a player option in 2022, Wall will be owed $91.7 million over the next two seasons.
ESPN Insider stated,” I think trading John Wall, with two years left and over $90 million is almost impossible unless the Rockets, all of a sudden decide that they’re willing to attach a number of first-round picks and I don’t see that scenario. I think he’s going to be in Houston a while unless he’s willing to take the money and agree to a buyout, but he doesn’t want to do that right now.”
The Rockets had the worst record in the league 17-55 and only won nine games at home. Even if the picks are protected to some extent, the Rockets are not making a playoff push anytime soon so giving up valuable picks would not be a smart move going forward. Also, attaching a couple of young players to a possible trade will deter the Rockets’ plans of developing their prospects.
Finding a suitor that has the assets to match Wall’s contract will also be more difficult than anticipated. Players who signed with new teams this offseason will not be able to be moved until December 15th. The idea of a potential buyout does not seem feasible as Wall would have to give up a large sum of money like Kemba Walker.
Wrapping Up the John Wall Situation
The question many front-office executives are thinking at this moment is, Will John Wall make any contender better?
The Rockets will also have to monitor Ben Simmons’ situation as the Philadelphia 76ers are gaining more inquiries of a potential trade with every passing day. The Rockets may have to wait until the next offseason as Wall will be entering the last year of his contract.
The Rockets may have to rethink their decision and may end up letting Wall play at some point this season. What do you think will be the best course of action for the Houston Rockets in regards to the John Wall situation.