Houston Rockets point guard John Wall may be the next big-name talent to move to a new team ahead of the season.
The Rockets and Wall have agreed to mutually work together to find a suitor for the veteran point guard. Wall is set to report to training camp, but Houston’s plan is now much centered on building the team around Kevin Porter Jr. and rookie Jalen Green.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum sees that the Rockets have ways to go before they can find a new home for the five-time All-Star, which he explained further on his “Pull Up with CJ McCollum” podcast.
“It’s going to be hard for them to find a trade partner, he may have to forfeit some money,” McCollum said. “I never suggest people giving up money, but happiness is really important. If you’re going to be looking for a buyout or trade, they have to make the numbers work.”
Multiple teams have been linked with a possible move for Wall, including the Philadelphia 76ers. But for McCollum, he sees two teams that would be viable fits for him at this stage in his career.
“I think there are a lot of potential destinations for John—a fast point guard who can obviously pass, who can lead the break and finish around the basket,” McCollum said.
“I think it may make sense for him to go to L.A. (Clippers). He is training out in LA right now… I think he enjoys the life and he probably wants to go to a situation where he can compete for a championship, and I think the Clippers are one of those teams that gives him a chance.
“The Miami Heat are one of those teams that gives him a chance and I think he will consider all options. I think he brings a veteran point guard who can play a role and go out and get you 25 (points) and 10 (assists) if he needs to.”
Wall is currently set to be due $91.7 million over the next two seasons, which include a $47.4 million player option for the 2022-2023 campaign. For now, the wait continues on just where Wall will be at come opening night of the upcoming new NBA season, whether it will be the Clippers, Heat or a possible surprise team.