John Wall, Houston Rockets agree to work together on finding a new home for All-Star guard
Veteran NBA point guard John Wall will not play for the Houston Rockets while the team searches for a trade partner, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the plan.
Wall will be around the team during this period.
The Rockets are headed in a direction that doesn’t include Wall as part of that future. Rockets general manager Rafael Stone is building with a younger core that includes Jae’Sean Tate, Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood and Jalen Green, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 draft.
Trading Wall won’t be easy, but it can be done. He has two years and $91.7 million remaining on his contract. The Rockets acquired Wall before the start of last season in a trade that sent Russell Westbrook from Houston to Washington.
Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games with Houston in 2020-21. Headed into his 11th season, Wall spent the first nine years of his career with the Wizards where he was five-time All-Star and All-NBA selection in 2016-17 (23.1 points and 10.7 assists per game). Injuries limited him to just 73 games in his final three seasons with Washington, including missing the entire 2019-20 season.
There are no plans now for a buyout.
The Athletic first reported the news.