Wall was set to be owed $47.4 million for the upcoming new season, but he opted to take $6.5 million less in order to become a free agent. This came after the Rockets aimed to find a trade suitor for him following his call to trigger the player option in his contract.
Wall’s tenure in Houston was short-lived, but he still has much respect and appreciation for the Rockets.
On Thursday, Wall took to Twitter to offer his thanks to Houston and its fans after spending a pair of seasons in the organization.
Even though my time in Houston was brief, I just wanna thank the Fertitta family, the entire @HoustonRockets front office, my teammates & most of all the fans for embracing me while I was there.
— John Wall (@JohnWall) June 30, 2022
After a notable run with the Washington Wizards, Wall was traded by the team to the Rockets in Dec. 2020. Injuries marred his first year in Houston as, for one, he wound up being sidelined for the season after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain injury during the second half of the campaign.
Wall ended up not playing in a single game for Houston this past year after he reportedly “rejected” the team’s attempts to limit his role to be a bench player. The Rockets welcomed offers for the five-time All-Star, but he stayed put past the NBA trade deadline.
Overall, Wall is set to join the Los Angeles Clippers on a free agent deal, while the Rockets will still have to pay him $40.866 million for the coming season.