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John Wall’s next big step in return-to-play plan with Rockets

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In a rather surprising turn of events, John Wall recently declared his intention to play for the Houston Rockets. This was after the team announced previously that the former All-Star would not be part of the rotation as they try and search for a suitable trade for Wall.

Right now, though, it sounds like Wall is doing everything he can to return to the court. Rockets head coach Stephen Silas recently shed some light on the situation and according to the 48-year-old shot-caller, the team is now working with Wall to build up his fitness level in anticipation of his comeback:

“[Rockets general manager Rafael Stone] and I did meet with John yesterday,” Silas said, via Salman Ali Of ClutchPoints. “He has indicated that he wants to play. So right now we’re in that phase in terms of getting him in game shape… Right now is like the ramp-up time. It will probably take a couple weeks.”

John Wall hasn’t played this season and he isn’t exactly the most robust player out there. Several major injuries have gotten in the way of the former first overall pick’s career and now that he’s 31, his body will require more time to get back to game shape following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

For his part, however, Silas is more than happy to welcome Wall back to his rotation:

“If he’s able to play, yeah,” Silas said. “It has to be good for everybody though. It has to be good for the organization and it has to be good for our group. There’s more to it.”

As it is, it sounds like John Wall is going to make his season debut for the Rockets before the year ends. Then again, you never know.