The Houston Rockets are having a season to forget.
With the pipeline of what was returned for James Harden becoming clearer, the franchise has been under quite a bit of heat this season. Let’s not even mention the 20-game losing streak they just recently snapped.
All that has created a shaky start for Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. While it’s unlikely Silas is under any heat given much of this wasn’t on him, there still will be decisions that have to be made in Houston, and one will center around John Wall.
Following the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline, the buyout market will gain steam. LaMarcus Aldridge is a name that’s already reached that agreement.
For now, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, the Rockets and John Wall are not planning to agree on a buyout, which would, in turn, make him an unrestricted free agent when free agency begins this summer.
Wall would likely find a new home relatively quickly given his excellent return from injury, but there’s a chance the Rockets would try to bring him back, possibly on the kind of deal that would pay him more than anyone else offers, possibly because of Bird Rights — which you read about here.
Wall is playing consistently for the first time in several years. Having already released former Kentucky Wildcats center DeMarcus Cousins, Wall may be looked at as a long-term option at point guard, or else a buyout would make sense.
This season, Wall is averaging 21 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists. He’s shooting 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep. He currently ranked 37th in points per game and leads the Rockets.