Rockets’ John Wall to exercise $47.4M player option


John Wall’s representatives knowledgeable the Houston Rockets on Tuesday that the five-time All-Star level guard will train the participant choice in his contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. It is an unsurprising resolution — which was reportedly made months in the past — as Wall is now set to make $47.4 million within the 2022-23 season, though it seems unlikely he’ll earn it with the Rockets.

Wall, 31, sat out the whole 2021-22 season on account of a disagreement with the Rockets over his role. The purpose guard reportedly needed to start out for the group, whereas Houston needed him to return off the bench. Wall publicly voiced his frustrations with the scenario throughout the season.

Whereas the Rockets have been reportedly planning to commerce Wall earlier than the beginning of the 2021-22 season, no deal got here to fruition, and the group completed the yr with an NBA-worst 20-62 report.

With the group in want of a full-scale rebuild, maintaining Wall would not make sense for both occasion. His lofty wage may make trades troublesome, although, and a buyout could also be essential. In line with Charania, “each side are anticipated to work via a decision” quickly.

Wall spent the primary 9 seasons of his NBA profession with the Washington Wizards earlier than he was traded in December 2020 as a part of a deal that included Russell Westbrook. Wall performed 40 video games for the Rockets throughout the 2020-21 season and averaged 20.6 factors and 6.9 assists.