REPORT: Rockets star John Wall out for remainder of the season with hamstring injury
Houston Rockets guard John Wall will be out for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets decided to sit Wall out for their last 11 games of the campaign due to a hamstring tweak. For what it’s worth, the decision to rest Wall and let him rehab could also be to give the team an opportunity to experiment and tinker on the lineup as they continue their rebuild.
Rockets star guard John Wall will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a hamstring tweak, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Wall being shut down also gives Houston opportunity to tinker with lineups for final 11 games of season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 26, 2021
It is worth noting, however, that the Rockets won’t be impacted that much from the decision. After all, they have already been eliminated from playoff contention, so resting John Wall and letting him recover and prepare for next season is certainly the best course of action.
This development does not come as a surprise considering how the Rockets have fared this season. Houston currently has the worst record in the entire league at 15-46 and at this point, they’d like to keep it that way. This will increase their chances of securing the first overall pick for the 2021 NBA Draft, which will serve as a significant step in their rebuild process.
What the Wall shutdown does, however, is it places the five-time All-Star’s future with the Rockets in further doubt. At 30 years old and with a myriad of injuries behind him, Wall does not exactly fall within Houston’s current timeline.
It is also worth noting that the 6-foot-3 point guard still has three years remaining on his current deal, which expires at the end of the 2022-23 season. Wall is set to earn a whopping $91.7 million over the next two years. Needless to say, trading away his albatross contract is going to be a tough ask for the Rockets this coming offseason, should the team decide to explore this possibility.