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According to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania, John Wall and the Houston Rockets have mutually agreed to find a trade this off-season. Wall is in the midst of a four-year, $171 million deal that includes a $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season. You’d think no one would pay close to $50 million for John Wall post-Achilles surgery. However, people are paying $1,000 for Playstation 5s, so we’ll see.
And your guess is good as ours as to how Houston moves this treacherous contract, but the Rockets are likely to involve three or more teams to make the money work. They can probably get it done.
John Wall and the Houston Rockets have agreed to work together on finding a new place for him to play.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 14, 2021
Last year, the five-time All-Star was actually quite good, averaging 20.6 points per game piling up almost seven assists (6.9). Wall’s issue, per usual, was his underdeveloped jump shot that glares off the stat line at 40% from the field. That 40% figure is what elite three-point shooters strive for, meanwhile John Wall shoots that mark with lay ups and dunks.
That doesn’t mean he’s useless. These numbers simply imply he’s one-dimensional.
The veteran point guard still defends exceptionally well and he’s great in the locker room. Look no further than Wall’s well-regarded tenure in Washington and Houston. But John Wall projects well as a third option alongside two bona fide scorers who don’t need him to shoot. Which team fits that bill? Possibly the Clippers, who already possess two snipers on the wing when Kawhi Leonard returns next to Paul George. Maybe the Warriors bring in Wall to drive and kick to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson?
If I’m a contender, I wouldn’t look John Wall’s direction to get us over the top. The price tag just doesn’t fit. Too steep.