NBA Insider Explains Why Rockets Will Likely Be Unable to Trade John Wall

Published 09/15/2021, 9:40 AM EDT
Jan 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) brings the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The training camp for the Houston Rockets for the coming season is just days away. With the training camp approaching, the Rockets are now planning on finalizing their roster. 31-year-old point guard John Wall, who signed with the Rockets in 2020, is reportedly not playing for the Rockets again. Washington Wizards traded Wall for Russell Westbrook last year.

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Houston Rockets are reportedly planning on trading him in the off-season. He is 33 and has faced injury issues lately, so the Rockets are finding it hard to include him in a trade deal. A potential buyout has been ruled out as well.

ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has revealed that John Wall’s contract is close to ‘untradeable’.

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Jan 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets puts up a basket against Richaun Holmes #22 of the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter of a game at Toyota Center on January 02, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA insider reveals John Wall is close to untradeable

ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, nicknamed Woj, has explained John Wall’s situation in a recent interview. Woj also talked about Wall’s contract and revealed that it ‘might be close to untradeable’.

“There’s no contract that is completely untradeable. This might be pretty close to that,” Woj said.

“Especially if this is a Rockets team that number one doesn’t want to attach assets to a trade. Meaning if you’re going to take on this money, we’re going to give you first-round picks. They don’t want to do that. And John Wall and his representatives, they don’t want to do a contract buyout where they have to give money back to then become a free agent, be able to sign at a much lower number,” he added.

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“I think trading John Wall with two years left and over 90 million dollars is almost impossible unless the Rockets all of a sudden decide that they’re willing to attach a number of first-round picks and I don’t see that scenario. I think he’s going to be in Houston a while unless he’s willing to take money off it to do a buyout.”

John Wall spent ten seasons with Washington Wizards and bagged five All-Star appearances. However, the Wizards included him in a trade deal with the Rockets last year in return for triple-double king Russell Westbrook. John played 40 games last season and averaged 20.6 PPG.

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While many would feel that there’s no contract that is untradeable, John Wall’s situation is going to test that in the coming days. Both Houston Rockets and Wall are unwilling for a buyout. The Rockets want something in return for him, and he doesn’t want to take a cut. With the Rockets finding it hard to trade and a potential buyout being ruled out, it’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out in the coming days.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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