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RUMOR: Rockets’ John Wall garnering interest, but there’s a catch

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Houston Rockets guard John Wall hasn’t played all season despite discussions that he could potentially suit up in November. At this point, there are no signs of a return to the Rockets as they continue to rebuild, but he has caught some interest in the trade market.

But as Shams Charania of The Athletic notes, it seems unlikely any deal would come to fruition given his massive contract:

Teams are expressing interest in Rockets guard John Wall should he become free on the market, sources say, but a trade or buyout remains unlikely. Wall has a whopping $91.7 million remaining on his contract through next season. He is currently not playing for Houston after the sides discussed in late November about him potentially playing.

That’s a lot of money for another team to take on for a player who hasn’t played in a long time. Wall wants to suit up for the Rockets again but he isn’t interested in accepting a smaller role. You can’t really blame him, either. Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 dimes per game in the 2020-21 season. He’s deserving of being a key piece in Houston.

At this point, it really feels like this is a waste of Wall’s talent. At 31 years old, he isn’t getting any younger. But for now, no traction is likely going to take place in Wall going elsewhere because the Rockets aren’t interested in a buyout.