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RUMOR: John Wall taking his talents to South Beach to join Heat?

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John Wall has yet to play a single minute this season for the Houston Rockets. According to reports, the five-time All-Star could end up sitting out the entire year amid his current stalemate with the Rockets. Unsurprisingly, several teams from around the NBA are monitoring Wall’s situation, and as it turns out, the Miami Heat are one of them.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Heat could make a move on Wall, but only if he reaches a buy-out agreement with the Rockets:

Though the Heat would have interest in adding point guard John Wall if he’s bought out by Houston, ESPN said that’s not happening because Wall doesn’t want to give up his $47.4 million player option next season, let alone his $44.3 million salary this season.

Despite the fact that injuries have derailed Wall’s career over the past couple of seasons, this is still a guy that can put up 20 points a night. That is if he’s healthy, and at this point, this has become a big IF. He may no longer possess the trademark explosiveness he once had, but there’s no denying that the 6-foot-3 point guard can still bring a lot to the table.

Wall could still be a serviceable backup point guard for the Heat. Kyle Lowry has proven that he’s a great fit for Miami, but at 35, he’s no spring chicken. The Heat will almost certainly manage his load this season (and beyond), and it wouldn’t be bad at all for coach Erik Spoelstra to have a guy like John Wall waiting in the wings.

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As we all know, however, the biggest stumbling block here is Wall’s massive contract. As the above report states, the former first overall pick is still owed $91 million through next season. Wall isn’t going to be turning down his player option for next year because that would entail turning his back on a guaranteed $47.4 million. I mean, why would he do that? Conversely, there’s just no way any team in the NBA agrees to take on that big a hit on their cap space for a guy who hasn’t played more than 41 games in a season since 2017.

This leaves Miami just one option: A buyout. If Wall is somehow able to convince the Rockets to buy out his contract then he’s going to be a free agent. But again, that’s a huge IF. This decision will potentially cost Houston a lot of money and at this point, it doesn’t sound like the team is willing to make this financial sacrifice.

Needless to say, John Wall is caught between a rock and a hard place right now. His last few remaining prime years are quickly vanishing right before his eyes (if they haven’t already) while he sits restlessly on the Rockets bench. Then again, it’s not all bad for the former Kentucky standout. After all, he’s still pocketing upwards of $40 million per year regardless of how dire his situation may be in Houston. There’s always a silver lining to any predicament.