John Wall revitalized his career during the 2020-21 NBA season with the Houston Rockets and showed that he still has enough gas left in the tank to be a star point guard in the league. With that revitalized health and game that Wall showed, the Rockets may very well be able to trade him this offseason. One team with some level of interest in acquiring the star point guard is the New York Knicks.
One former NBA executive spoke to NBA Analysis Network about Wall and mentioned that he has heard the Knicks have interest in potentially trading for Wall.
“The Knicks have some level of interest in John Wall. Houston would love to move him and get something of value for him. He isn’t a long-term fit for the Rockets, and if New York really wants him, they have the pieces to get a deal done. Wall isn’t their top priority this offseason, but he could be an excellent fallback option and the interest is there.”
During the 2020-21 NBA season with the Rockets, Wall ended up playing in 40 games. He did have some nagging injury issues, but nothing that should scare the Knicks away if they choose to pursue him.
Wall ended the year averaging 20.6 points per game to go along with 6.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. He shot 40.4 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 31.7 percent of his three-point attempts. Obviously, he will need to improve his shooting consistency, but they weren’t bad numbers for a player who hadn’t played since the 2018-19 season.
At 30 years of age, there is no question that Wall would like the opportunity to play with a contender. The Knicks surprisingly became a contender in the Eastern Conference this year. Acquiring a talent like Wall could take them further in the playoffs than the first round, which is where they ended this season at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks.
Granted, the Knicks are not going to give up major value to get a deal done. However, they could offer a package built around Kevin Knox and a draft pick. They have the money to bring Wall onboard too should they choose to do so.
Everything will depend on how confident the Knicks are that John Wall can stay healthy and be a star point guard. They need a franchise point guard and a healthy Wall could be just that. This is something to keep a close eye on during the offseason.