Potential Trade Suitor For John Wall
The Oklahoma City Thunder could possibly be interested in adding John Wall to be a veteran mentor to guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Theo Maledon, and rookie Josh Giddey in their backcourt, but at the same time, they would most definitely have to be on the receiving end of some draft compensation via Houston as well.
Oklahoma City currently has a payroll of about $80M right now for the 2021-22 season and with the salary cap floor being just about $102M for this upcoming year, the Thunder still have work to do in terms of adding salaries to their roster instead of dumping them.
Taking on Wall’s contract would certainly push them over this salary threshold they need to cross eventually, but it is safe to assume they would not be willing to trade young assets to acquire Wall.
At this point, John Wall’s career has kind of come to a standstill, as there really is not much interest in him league-wide because of his salary. If a team is going to take on a $40M+ salary, then they must be getting an All-Star quality play in return, but John Wall is not this kind of player anymore.
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In terms of Wall’s value, it is definitely a little bit higher than it was last year when the Wizards traded him to Houston for Russell Westbrook, but at the same time, playing the former All-Star is definitely a liability not only financially, but healthy-wise as well.