The Houston Rockets have basically paid John Wall to hang out with the team and stay fit this season, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. As the trade deadline approaches, Wall is unlikely to be traded or redeemed, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Ahead of the season, the rebuilding Rockets sat down with Wall to explain that they wanted to move in a younger direction and planned to feature No.2 pick Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. in the backcourt. Wall, in turn, would remain seated as the team sought to facilitate a trade that would send him into a more competitive situation. So far, however, that hasn’t happened in large part because of Wall’s massive salary.
He has two years and $ 91.7 million left on his contract – the final year of which is a player option Wall will likely take over. First, there is the logistical issue where in order to match the money in a trade, another team would have to either drop their own highly paid player (unlikely since they are mostly stars) or two to four moderately. paid (unlikely since no one wants to spoil their depth).
Then there is the fact that in a salary cap league it is very difficult to win when you use such a large percentage of your free money on a player who can no longer be one of the best players on a team. In title. It’s not that Wall is terrible – he had 20.6 points and 6.9 assists per game last season – but after his numerous injury issues, he’s no longer the guy he was with the Washington Wizards. If Wall is redeemed at some point, teams would certainly be interested in him as a free agent, but no one is interested in paying him $ 44 million at this point in his career.
Unless something bad happens by the February 10 trade deadline, the most likely scenario is that Wall will be out all season, which would be a bit of a shame given the weather he has. already missed due to injuries.