The 2020-21 season was a strange one, for both John Wall and the Houston Rockets. Wall had easily become the best player in the history of the Washington Wizards' franchise but was traded to the Houston Rockets prior to the start of the season, in a deal that sent Russell Westbrook to Washington D.C.
The Rockets would go on to have one of their worst seasons in franchise history (17-55), which was to be expected, as soon as news released that franchise cornerstone James Harden wanting out of Houston. Harden reportedly endorsed the move of bringing Wall to Houston, with reports suggesting that he preferred playing alongside Wall over Westbrook.
Fast forward one calendar year and the Rockets have gotten rid of a bevy of veteran players, such as DeMarcus Cousins, P.J. Tucker, and Ben McLemore, while ushering in rookies Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, and Usman Garuba, who were all selected in the first-round of the 2021 NBA Draft. In fact, Wall could very well be the only person in the Rockets' starting lineup who isn't in their 20s, especially if the Rockets end up starting Wall, Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green, Jae'Sean Tate, and Christian Wood.
Granted, Rockets coach Stephen Silas hasn't confirmed one way or another what his starting five will look like, but it's a pretty safe bet that Wall, Porter, Green, and Wood will all be starters. So even if Danuel House is in the starting five, that would still leave Wall as the sole person in the lineup that is in their 30s (Wall turns 31 on September 6th).
This has led to many questions regarding whether Wall is a part of the Rockets' long-term future or whether both sides should part ways, allowing the Rockets to get out from under Wall's remaining $91.6 million and allowing Wall to make his way on a contender, or a team of his choice. But while there's some logic there, there's alot more logic behind both sides remaining committed to one another for the remainder of Wall's deal.
Let's dive into why this makes the most sense.