2. John Wall
The John Wall experiment in Houston was supposed to work. At the time, the Rockets were operating under the belief that James Harden preferring playing alongside Wall over Russell Westbrook, so essentially this was a last ditch effort to keep Harden satisfied.
However, this was proven to be incorrect, as Harden stood firm with his trade request and was subsequently dealt after only playing in eight games with the Rockets. At that point, Wall's focus shifted towards trying to prove that he was still the star version of himself.
All in all, Wall averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 3.2 rebounds on 40.4 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from deep in his lone season in Houston. The Rockets tried trading Wall to a contender in 2021-22 but couldn't find any takers, in large part because of health concerns, as he missed 32 games in his first season back from a hiatus that was also caused by injuries.
Wall ultimately was bought out and signed with the LA Clippers in 2022-23, but was traded back to the Rockets at the trade deadline and given his walking papers. Wall averaged 11.4 points, 5.2 assists, and 2.7 rebounds as a reserve with the Clippers and has found it difficult to find work in the league, despite holding an open tryout in Vegas over the summer.