John Wall exercises $47.4m player option for 2022-23
Ricky Gray | June 22, 2022
It seems that Wall will stay with the Houston Rockets for perhaps one more season.
John Wall, the point guard for the Houston Rockets, has decided to exercise his player option for the 2022-23 season. Each side has stated that buyout talks are in place if Houston can't find a trade destination for Wall.
The trade talk isn't necessarily a shocker considering Wall is 31 years old and has dealt with injuries his entire career. Still, Wall has a lot of talent and can provide any team with a veteran guard that can still score.
After missing the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles tear, Wall started 40 games for the Rockets during 2020-21 and averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists. Interestingly enough, last season, the Rockets and Wall decided on limited minutes to protect his body and trade stock.
The idea for the Rockets is that they're sticking with their young core, led by Jalen Green. Green will be in his second year and paired with Kevin Porter Jr. The Rockets also recently let go of Christian Wood, sending him to the Dallas Mavericks.
For Wall, the situation seems that his time in the NBA could be coming to a close. He's getting older and frankly, has spent a large portion of recent seasons on the injured list. At this point, it'd be good for him to play for an already established team that is missing a few pieces.
Destinations that come to mind for Wall are a team such as the Miami Heat. There, Wall could come off the bench and provide the team with scoring while the starters are out.
The Utah Jazz could also be a good fit along with the Denver Nuggets. The key here is that Wall will likely have to take less money and lose his "starting" status for any of these teams.
Due to his injuries, it might be tough for the Rockets to move Wall before the start of the season.