Report: John Wall would welcome a return to Wizards


John Wall has yet to play a game for Houston this season and is getting paid quite handsomely to be a spectator. According to NBA reporter David Aldridge, people close to Wall have told him that the disgruntled guard would welcome a return back to D.C. to play for the Wizards.

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"Wall would welcome a return to the team that took him with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. It’s a topic that he recently discussed with people close to him and around the league," Aldridge said via The Athletic.

“That … is true," an NBA source told Aldridge.

The frustrated Rockets guard was the first overall pick out of Kentucky in 2010, revitalizing a Wizards team that was at that time considered a perennial bottom dweller. His near decade-long run in Washington came to an end once he was shipped off to Houston, along with a first-round draft pick, for Russell Westbrook in Dec. 2020.

Although a move back to Washington would make all the sense for Wall, it wouldn't really make much sense for the Wizards. With the five-time All-Star being due $47 million next season, trading for their former star would be "extremely difficult" for the team to pull off.

Not to mention the Wizards wouldn't even have the money to get it done. The Wizards used most of their cap space to get Kristaps Porzingis, and some of the larger salary players like Kyle Kuzma have become valuable assets. With the feeling around the organization being that Bradley Beal will re-sign next season, a reunion between Wall and the Wizards seems to be just a rumor — nothing more, nothing less.

Although the Wizards are in need of a point guard right now, having shipped off Spencer Dinwiddie and Aaron Holiday at the trade deadline, one of the main reasons Wall was sent out of town in the first place was the fact that the franchise thought they could do better at the position. If the front office had still believed in Wall, they would've simply just kept him on the roster.

While a potential reunion seems unlikely, the Wizards' main focus looks to be re-signing Beal and finishing the season strong with a birth in the postseason. The Wizards sit right outside the play-in game at 29-34, which has them as the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Wall has only played in only 40 games during his short time in Houston, averaging over 20 PPG and 7 APG during the games he played.

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