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Houston Rockets: 3 trades of John Wall to the Clippers, Spurs, and Bulls

HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 14: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a call during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center on April 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 14: John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a call during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center on April 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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