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John Wall fires back at fake news he wants to be No. 1 option with Rockets

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John Wall clearly wants to play with the Houston Rockets as the team looks for potential partners to trade him. However, with regards to reports about his desired role, Wall is calling fake news.

After it was revealed that Wall talked to Rockets execs about his future with the team and the possibility of him playing again, several rumors surfaced about what he wants in his return. For one, Shams Charania of The Athletic claimed that the veteran point guard demanded to “have a starting role and compete to maintain it.”

Meanwhile, per NBA insider Jordan Schultz, Wall “sees himself as the No. 1 option on the Rockets” should he return.

Upon seeing Schultz’s report, though, Wall straight up denied the rumor and called it a “lie.”

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It remains to be seen if the Rockets will play John Wall again. Besides, there could be some benefit to it since teams could see if he’s healthy enough to play and compete at a high level. His monstrosity of a contract makes it difficult to trade him, so the only way Houston can convince others he’s worth the risk is if he’s health and able to contribute to winning.

The Rockets are 3-16 in what is largely expected as a rebuilding season for them, so it’s not a surprise they want to focus on giving more playing time to their young players like Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. in the back court.

However, if Wall is not demanding to start or be the No. 1 option, then they could certainly find ways to let him play.