4 Possible Destinations for John Wall After Houston Rockets Trade Saga

Published 09/15/2021, 11:29 PM EDT
Jan 26, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) reacts after making a three point basket against the Washington Wizards during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


Ever since James Harden left the franchise, the Houston Rockets are in a rebuilding phase. Even though there are some talented players on the roster, they seem to lack a star player amongst their ranks. The front office thought John Wall would be the perfect mentor for young players, but things have proven otherwise.

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Thus, the Rockets are planning to trade the point guard in a bid to rebuild from scratch. So what are the possible destinations for Wall?

Feb 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball against Coby White #0 of the Chicago Bulls during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Some Possible destinations for John Wall

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The talented point guard played with the Washington Wizards for a long time. Despite not conjuring up with an NBA title, he quickly became the franchise’s iconic player. But, the player is not getting younger and is still looking to win his first NBA title. The curious case of Wall continues to grow as he now looks to move onto another franchise.

In terms of winning a championship, a move to the Los Angeles Clippers is on the cards.

Despite losing Kawhi Leonard to an injury, they proved their mettle with sensational performances against the Dallas Mavericks as Reggie Jackson, Terrance Mann, and Paul George came up with the goods. However, the team could not advance as they missed Kawhi. Signing Wall would be a statement of intent from the Clippers, as the team would be more balanced to fight for the title.

Feb 6, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) shoots the ball against San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) and guard Patty Mills (8) during the first half at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Michael Wyke/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

The next team that can make a move for him is the Dallas Mavericks. A lineup of Luka Doncic and Wall would be a treat to watch. But, the drawback to the move will be that Kristaps Porzingis would need to leave because of cap space restrictions. The trade may happen, but would it be good for the Mavs?

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New Orleans Pelicans can be an option

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Another fine prospect for him would be the New Orleans Pelicans. With Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram amongst their ranks, they have a talented squad. Hence, bringing Wall would do a world of good for the team. By playing as a point guard, the team would be more balanced. Furthermore, his playmaking abilities can help the team progress.

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Lastly, the Philadelphia 76ers is another great option for the franchise. With Ben Simmons expressing his desire to leave, both teams could work out a deal that can change the entire landscape of the NBA. A three-way trade between the 76ers, Kings, and Rockets can happen with players moving on to facilitate the deal.

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Thus, Wall’s deal would be looked upon by teams in the coming days. He is an instant upgrade for all the teams and is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Where will he land next?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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