4 best teams for John Wall if he gets bought out by Rockets
John Wall and the Houston Rockets have reportedly agreed to try and find a way to trade the 6-foot-3 point guard out of Houston. However, doing so may prove to be a near impossible task for the Rockets because of Wall’s sizable deal. Wall is set to make $44.3 million this upcoming season and has a player option worth $47.4 million in the 2022-23 campaign.
There are no reports yet that Wall is interested in accepting a buyout with the Rockets, which would mean he would take less money to become a free agent. Still, it’s hard to envision this situation ending up in a trade considering Wall’s “untradeable” contact. Even Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum thinks it’s going to difficult for Houston to find a team willing to trade for the 31-year old.
Wall could very well stay put and just wait on the sidelines until the Rockets find a deal. But 31 years old, Wall may be looking to play on a contender for the chance to win a championship instead of wasting away a season by not playing at all. Thus, if he intends to suit up at some point this 2021-22 season and play meaningful basketball, he might as well just agree to a buyout. With that said, here are four potential landing spots for John Wall should the Houston Rockets buy him out.
Potential John Wall New Teams
The Los Angeles Clippers are probably the team most associated as a potential landing spot for John Wall. Those speculations only heightened after he was recently spotted with Clippers star Paul George in Los Angeles.
A partnership between the Clippers and John Wall makes a lot of sense. Though they did acquire Eric Bledsoe this offseason to serve as their de facto starting point guard, adding a player of Wall’s caliber should be a no-brainer. There have already been rumors that the Clippers could try and go after Wall when the Rockets officially made him available on the trade market. But certainly, Los Angeles would rather scoop him up on the waiver wire than give up assets to obtain him.
With Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely, Wall should see a sizable role with the Clippers. The 5-time All-Star will likely get the starting nod over Eric Bledsoe from head coach Ty Lue. He will provide the Clippers with a proven playmaker who will set the table for their offense.
The 6-foot-3 guard is probably no longer the player he was in his prime, but he showed this past season with the Rockets that he is still capable of putting up steady production. In 40 games, he averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists. Should Leonard come back near the end of the season, the Clippers with Wall will undoubtedly be a team to watch out for in the 2022 postseason.
2. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics also makes sense as a potential landing spot for John Wall. After trading their starting point guard Kemba Walker this summer and letting Evan Fournier go in free agency, Boston is a little thin on their guard rotation. Sure, the Celtics managed to get Dennis Schroder on a bargain deal this past summer and incoming sophomore Payton Pritchard could see a bigger role this upcoming campaign. Nonetheless, adding Wall to that mix would a welcome sight for Celtics fans.
The Celtics may not be in the top tier among contending teams in the Eastern Conference right now. But with the growth of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown as legitimate two-way studs, it’s still going to be hard to count them out, especially if a proven veteran like Wall comes into the mix.
Wall would likely still carve out a significant role in Boston’s rotation and should be in positional battle with Dennis Schroder for the starting point guard spot. Regardless of whether he stars or comes off the bench, he should primarily provide them with elite playmaking as well as a viable option when running on the break.
Brad Stevens’ moves this past summer indicate he is keen on keeping Boston’s salary books flexible in the near future. They are likely out on any potential trade for Wall. But if a buyout comes to fruition, they may come knocking on the 5-time All-Star’s door.
The Denver Nuggets is another team that could emerge as a potential destination for John Wall should he agree on a buyout with Houston. Denver will likely be without star guard Jamal Murray this upcoming campaign, as he continues to recover from a torn left ACL. With that, the Nuggets have a huge void to fill at point guard and Wall could be answer to that hole.
Murray’s injury has likely dampened Denver’s hopes of truly competing for a championship, especially considering their competition in the Western Conference. Nonetheless, the presence of Nikola Jokic still puts the Nuggets in position to remain as dark horse contenders, should the reigning MVP duplicate the kind of campaign he had in the 2020-21 season.
With that said, adding a multiple time All-Star in Wall would definitely be a huge boost to their title chances this upcoming campaign. While the Nuggets offense largely revolves around Jokic, Wall should give them with another player capable of both creating shots for himself and for his teammates. Let’s not forget, the former Kentucky stud averaged 10-plus assists in three straight seasons from 2014-15 to 2016-17 and his presence should give another dynamic for Denver’s offense.
Likewise, he could also thrive playing off ball as Jokic locates him on cuts to the basket or finds him on the wing during fastbreaks. Despite coming off a ruptured Achilles, Wall showed that he still possesses the same explosiveness and speed he had during his prime.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
If Wall wants to prioritize winning a championship after agreeing to take less money through a buyout, he should look at no further than the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks as a potential landing spot.
The Bucks lost a key piece from their championship run in PJ Tucker this offseason. While Wall wouldn’t necessarily replace the defensive intensity and intangibles Tucker brought to the table, the 12-year vet should still be a huge and welcome addition.
Jrue Holiday is obviously Milwaukee’s starting point guard as of the moment. But should Wall come to the Bucks, Holiday has shown that he could play both guards spots and is just as effective in playing off the ball. But regardless of whether he starts or not, Wall should give the Bucks another proven veteran in the postseason.
Milwaukee struck gold with a player that came from the Houston Rockets last season. Perhaps that could happen again if they are able to bring in John Wall.