The Houston Rockets and John Wall are actively working to find a landing spot for the veteran point guard. A number of potential suitors have emerged, but working out a trade could be difficult. John Wall to either the LA Clippers or Miami Heat is being discussed in NBA circles, so let’s explore both.
Houston and John Wall working to find trade deal
Per multiple reports, the Houston Rockets and John Wall are working together to find a new home for the point guard.
The 31-year-old was traded to Houston in the Russell Westbrook deal last year.
ESPN reports that the relationship between the Rockets’ front office and Wall remains strong. However, the franchise is committed to moving forward with Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green as its starting backcourt.
Wall will remain present around the Rockets entering training camp, but will not play any games in the upcoming season.
Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games for the Rockets last season.
Possible trade destinations: the LA Clippers?
There are reportedly no buyout plans on the two years and $91.7 million remaining on Wall’s contract.
Trading the five time All-Star could be difficult, but there are a number of potential suitors for the veteran point guard.
One of the possible landing spots is for John Wall to join the LA Clippers, who are certainly limited at the point guard position.
The Rajon Rondo experiment was short lived, leaving only Reggie Jackson and rookie Jason Preston as PGs on the roster.
Jackson proved his capabilities in the postseason last year, but the Clippers will need more if they’re to come out of the West.
Kawhi and Paul George evidently need a third man on the squad, and Wall could fit that role perfectly.
PG and Wall already have a great relationship, with the former telling SI: “Me and John go way back to when we first started in the league.
“He’s somebody I’m going to always root for. He’s a brother to me, and I couldn’t be more happy to see him back on the floor and doing what he loves to do, and continuing to make those plays that everyone loves him for.”
How about the Miami Heat?
Any route out of the East clearly goes through defending champs the Milwaukee Bucks and the super-stacked Brooklyn Nets.
Everyone else is basically fighting it out for the third seed, but the Miami Heat could be an ideal destination for John Wall, at the right price (should he hit the Buyout Market).
It would certainly put them closer to those two teams, as Wall still has the ability to produce at a high level.
The 31-year-old could excel as a Sixth Man, and with the likes of Wall, Oladipo, Herro, Strus, Dedmon, and Markieff Morris coming off the bench, the Heat would have a second squad to rival anyone in the league.
Of course, there are a number of other potential suitors too: the Lakers, Pistons, and Knicks have all expressed interest.
Watch this space.