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RUMOR: John Wall’s potential move to Heat hits major stumbling block

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Earlier reports suggested that the Miami Heat were one of the teams that were seriously looking at the prospect of recruiting John Wall. Unfortunately, this proposed move appears to have hit a major snag with the five-time All-Star unable to force his way out of the Houston Rockets.

According to NBA insider Marc Stein (paywalled), Wall and the Rockets have hit an impasse in their discussions of a potential contract buyout. This only means that the Heat, along with Los Angeles Clippers, is now very unlikely to acquire Wall’s services via free agency:

“The L.A. Clippers and the Miami Heat are among the teams known to have interest in Wall should he become a free agent, but Wall and the Rockets have conceded that buyout talks, to this point, are unrealistic with so much money left on Wall’s contract. He is earning $44.3 million this season and holds a player option for next season worth $47.4 million … figures almost identical to [Russell] Westbrook’s contract.”

Wall has yet to play a single game for the Rockets this season as he continues to work his way back to fitness. Earlier in the campaign, the 31-year-old was reportedly willing to sit out the entire season as he and the Rockets tried to find a way to get him out of Houston. This clearly has not materialized as of yet, which is what may have caused Wall’s change of heart in terms of suiting up for the Rockets this season.

Now that a buyout appears out of the picture, the odds of the Heat bringing Wall to South Beach drop significantly. As the above report states, Wall is set to earn close to $50 million next season — a number that will surely turn off Miami in their pursuit. The same goes for any other team that could have an interest in Wall. It’s just hard to swallow the fact that your team will take such a huge cap hit for a 31-year-old who’s been battling major injuries over the past few years. As such, it sounds like John Wall will be remaining in Houston for the time being.