Rumor: Lakers join Clippers, Heat as suitors for Rockets’ John Wall on this 1 condition
After not playing in a single game over the 2021-2022 NBA season, Houston Rockets guard John Wall could possibly soon find a new home in the league.
Wall is reportedly under contract with the Rockets for another year, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania recently noted that the veteran guard opted into his $47.4 million player option for the coming season.
In his newest Substack column, NBA insider Marc Stein provided the latest on Wall’s future in Houston, where he noted that there have been “serious murmurs” that if the Rockets are unable to soon find a trade suitor for him, a contract buyout could then be in the works.
Stein further added that it is still unclear as to how much of Wall’s owed salary for the upcoming season he “would have to surrender” in order to become a free agent. At the least, progress on this matter has been “materializing” as of late.
If Wall is able to successfully reach a contract buyout agreement with the Rockets, he will not see a shortage of suitors interested in signing him to a deal. Stein also mentioned that intrigue in Wall from teams such as the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers has been “mentioned for months.”
The Los Angeles Lakers would “consider” making a push to sign Wall if he becomes a free agent. This comes as they are “resistant” to shipping off Russell Westbrook and draft capital in exchange for the five-time All-Star.
The Lakers were quite in the trade rumor mill with Wall for much of this past season. For one, the Rockets proposed a deal to the Lakers ahead of last season’s NBA trade deadline that centered on sending Wall to Los Angeles for both Westbrook and a first-round pick.
Wall did not feature in a single game for the Rockets over the course of this past season after he reportedly “rejected” the team’s attempts to limit his role to being a mere bench player. He played in a mere 72 total games over the previous three campaigns, as hamstring and heel injuries marred that stage of his career in the league.