While the organization works out a trade, Wall will remain with the team.
He will participate in training camp and help mentor the young prospects.
Houston is entering the infant stages of their post-Harden rebuild while Wall is entering the twilight of his career.
Both sides agreed this would be best moving forward.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 14, 2021
The Rockets want to free up minutes and opportunities for their young backcourt of the future.
Wall, on the other hand, would like one more chance to play for a winning basketball team.
Houston finished with the worst record in the league last year and should contend for that distinction again next season.
Moving Wall will be no easy feat, however.
The 31-year-old guard missed all the 2019-20 season with a heel and Achilles injury and has not played more than 42 games since 2016-17.
Once one of the league’s most athletic players, Wall’s injuries have sapped him of the elite athleticism that made him an All-NBA talent.
On top of that, he is set to make $91.7 million over the next two seasons.
Wall won’t come close to earning that salary on the court, but here are three teams that should at least kick the tires on a potential trade.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
This first inclusion comes with a caveat.
Philadelphia should only look into a trade for Wall if the Rockets are willing to attach draft picks.
Something sources have said Houston does not want to do.
But for this article, we will assume the Rockets agree to send out picks to get Wall’s contract off the books.
Ben Simmons is clearly on his way out of Philly.
His offensive fit next to superstar Joel Embiid has caused issues during playoff time since the two paired up together.
In this scenario, Simmons is shipped out while Wall and picks come back to the 76ers.
Philly fans, yall cool with John Wall for Ben Simmons?
— Kazeem Famuyide (@Kazeem) September 14, 2021
A third team may need to be involved to make the money work but Wall arriving in Philly is the bottom line.
While not a great shooter from deep for his career (32 percent), Wall is a considerable upgrade over Simmons shooting-wise.
The former Kentucky product is not afraid to let it fly on offense and take over down the stretch.
Even after missing a full season two years ago, Wall still scored 20.6 points per game last year.
His shooting splits left much to be desired (.404/.317/.749) but could get a boost from playing on a better team and being another year removed from his injury.
Philadelphia would lose a lot defensively by replacing Simmons with Wall.
But Wall is still a solid playmaker and would fill some of that playmaking void left by Simmons.
And the Sixers would also pair their elite big man with a guard who can score.
Wall would not be the cleanest fit in Philly, but he may be the best they can get.
And he should only come over if picks are attached that can be used at the deadline for a true star.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles comes with no such caveats.
With Leonard set to be out a significant portion of the start of the season rehabbing a torn ACL, George will need some help carrying the offensive burden.
Wall would give the Clippers another ball-handler and playmaker besides Reggie Jackson.
As good as Jackson was last year, LA could have used another guard in addition to him.
The Clippers should have enough shooting to cover up for his deficiencies beyond the arc.
Wall would help make up for the lost scoring during Kawhi’s absence.
And would then help bolster the secondary playmaking once he comes back.
A $47.4 million player option for next season would be a tough pill to swallow for the Clippers.
But if Wall is able to continue to improve and get stronger, he would be a solid fit in LA.
1. Dallas Mavericks
Dallas is the third inclusion but a few teams could hold this spot.
Mainly because no team really wants to pay Wall as the 11th highest-paid player in the league.
Porzingis was acquired via trade from the New York Knicks in 2019 to be Luka Doncic’s star sidekick.
Instead, he has barely even been a supporting cast member next to Luka.
While “The Unicorn” has put up solid averages with Dallas, the fit just hasn’t been good.
Injuries have continued to plague Porzingis causing him to miss a fair amount of time.
One of the biggest questions moving forward as the Mavs try to build a contender around superstar Luka Doncic: How does Kristaps Porzingis fit? https://t.co/x7gpJcZEz2
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 7, 2021
His defense is lacking, and he has shown next to no chemistry with Doncic on offense.
Porzingis allegedly wants a larger role on the offense but has shown nothing that would warrant giving him that expanded role.
Trading Kristaps for Wall may just be moving off one problem to get another.
And yet, the Mavericks have to do something.
In the era of player empowerment, it is imperative that teams keep their stars happy.
Winning basketball games is a great way to keep stars happy.
Dallas has made the playoffs both years with Luka and Kristaps but was out after the first-round both times.
With it being clear Porzingis is not the co-star Dallas hoped he would be, they should try out somebody different.
Wall would help alleviate some of the scoring and playmaking burden put on Doncic’s shoulders.
And even though neither are great shooters from three, Wall did can 38.1 percent of his catch and shoot triples with Houston.
Wall is not of the same caliber but could potentially inject new life into this Mavericks team.NEXT: John Wall Has A Shot At Redemption If He Stays Healthy