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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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Head coach Gregg Popovich and Keldon Johnson #3 of the San Antonio Spurs (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets trade #2 to get off of John Wall’s contract: San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are in one of the healthiest financial positions in the entire NBA. The team has ten players under contract for next season at only $59.3 million. John Wall and Eric Gordon are set to earn a combined $62.5 million to put that in perspective.

DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Patty Mills are all free agents and they may use their cap space to retain all three, but bringing in Wall might be a risk worth taking. While Wall’s injury track record has been abysmal, he is younger than those three and it’s worth mentioning that the Spurs have been fantastic at managing veteran players’ health.

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The Spurs would essentially be taking a flier on Wall to add another draft pick and hope that he can turn it around. The two things that have plagued Wall in recent seasons have been his health and his shot, which are two things the Spurs are renowned for fixing.

No one would blame the Spurs for re-signing DeRozan but they may prefer to take on Wall at 31 for two more years, then DeRozan at 32 for four more years. The Spurs, even if they send no salary back, would still be under the salary cap.

From a financial standpoint, the Spurs are the perfect landing spot for John Wall. If they think there’s a basketball reason to bring him into the fold, the Rockets need to explore that trade aggressively.

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