Latest Intel Surrounding John Wall’s Departure From Houston Rockets

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Houston Rockets Appear Primed To Be Sellers

As the Houston Rockets continue to work with Wall and explore trade possibilities for him, they are also actively looking to move veterans D.J. Augustin and Eric Gordon.

Augustin has two years and $14.3M remaining on his contract, with the final year of his contract being partially guaranteed for $333,333 and Gordon has three years and $58.7M remaining on his contract, with the final year of his contract being non-guaranteed. 

Houston certainly has a lot to think about in regards to getting a deal done, but they are definitely going to be active leading up to the 2021-22 season. John Wall, Eric Gordon, and D.J. Augustin are making a combined $69.5M for the 2021-22 season, which is about 55% of the Rockets’ total salaries for this upcoming year. 

With Ben Simmons ($33M) and Kevin Love ($31.2M) being two big contracts being discussed in trade rumors right now, maybe the Rockets can get a multi-team deal done including the likes of Philadelphia and Cleveland as well, but it still remains a big unknown of what team(s) could be interested in John Wall. 

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Retooling with a ton of young talent, Wall could continue to play an essential role in helping aid the Houston Rockets training staff in developing young guards like Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Green and Josh Christopher, but they will also be looking to give the veteran what he wants in terms of a fresh start in this league.

The two sides have not discussed a possible buyout and they will not be doing so, which leads us to believe that they have already received some interest in the 5x All-Star point guard. 

Again, not many teams have the capability to trade for a guy making $40M+ during the 2021-22 season, especially after free agency has already come and gone, so it is hard to imagine that John Wall will end up on a playoff-contending team unless a team gives up a ton of assets to acquire him, which is unlikely to happen. 

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Once being deemed the best point guard in the league because of his explosiveness and two-way abilities, John Wall is looking to make a comeback in this league and prove to everyone that he can still play at a high level. At 31-years-old, he definitely still has time to do so, but the clock is ticking for Wall in Houston right now.

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