It’s no secret that the Houston Rockets would like to get off of John Wall’s contract. Owed $44.3 million this upcoming season and with a $47.3 million player option for 2022-23, Wall will be one of the most well-compensated players in the entire league over the next two seasons.
If Wall was still an All-Star his contract would be palatable, but he hasn’t shown that form in years, and his ability to stay on the court has wavered considerably. Since 2017-18, Wall has played in 113 of his team’s 308 games.
If Wall was shooting 36.7-percent from 3-point range, Rockets fans would be through the roof, but instead, that’s the percentage of his teams’ games he has played over the past four seasons. For a rebuilding team that doesn’t yet have its eyes set on the postseason keeping Wall around won’t just cost the Rockets money.
With Kevin Porter Jr. in town and the potential of Jalen Green being selected with the second pick of the draft, the Rockets might be staring at the awkward proposition of their highest-paid player relegated to a bench role. It needs to be remembered that Wall still believes he’s capable of greatness, and it stands to reason he won’t be content with a minimized role, even if he’s collecting a maximum paycheck.
For the betterment of the team, the Rockets are going to need to find a way to move off of John Wall and his massive contract. The two sides could always agree to a buy-out, but with a total of $91.6 million left on his deal, that’s a massive chunk of change to swallow.
The Rockets must explore trade options for Wall and they might have to give up a first-round pick to do it. At the end of the day, it’s in his best interest and the best interest of the team. Here are three trades to get off of John Wall and his massive contract.