On Tuesday reports surfaced that Houston Rockets point guard John Wall had reached an agreement with the franchise to not suit up for the team in 2021-22, as the team would work to find him a new home. Many believed a buyout would have been the likeliest option but Wall's agent Rich Paul later stated that a trade was being explored, shutting down any buyout talks.
Wall is owed $91.7 million over the next two seasons, with a player option of $47.3 million in 2022-23, which he will surely be opting into. Wall's contract has likely made it difficult for teams to look into acquiring him, especially considering his injury history and the fact that he is coming off of playing just 40 of the Rockets' 72 games last season.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski expresses pessimism about the Houston Rockets' chances of moving John Wall
On Tuesday, ESPN senior writer Adrian Wojnarowski explained the challenges he thinks the Rockets could have, as it pertains to moving Wall on ESPN's SportsCenter.
"I think trading John Wall with two years left and over $90 million is almost impossible, unless the Rockets all of a sudden decide that they're willing to attach a number of first-round picks and I don't see that scenario.
I think he's going to be in Houston awhile, unless he's willing to take money off of his contract to do a buyout and he doesn't want to do that right now."
The Rockets reportedly have no desire to attach draft picks to move the five-time All-Star, as Wojnarowski stated, which complicates matters even more.
Wall played well in his first season in Houston, averaging roughly 21 points and 7 assists, displaying his ability to be a lead guard yet again. Wall's health would certainly be a question mark for any team that was interesting in his services, as he's played in just 113 games out of a potential 308 games dating back to 2017.