Woj: 'Increasingly likely' John Wall will not play anywhere this season

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By , Audacy

It seems as if the Houston Rockets have a $92 million albatross on their roster.

John Wall has not suited up for the Rockets this season as the two sides both want to move on from one another — with the Rockets looking to trade the All-Star guard in order to net more future assets. But there seems to be a recurring problem in making that happen: his contract.

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Wall, 31, is owed $92 million over the next two seasons ($44.3 million this season with a $47.4 million player option he will surely pick up for next year) and it has become a deterrent for teams that may be interested in trading for him.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, it is becoming “increasingly likely” that Wall will not play at all this season as he also reportedly does not want to agree to a buyout.

“There are no plans for John Wall to play for the Rockets [this season],” Wojnarowski said on Wednesday’s “NBA Countdown.” “It’s becoming increasingly likely that John Wall may not play anywhere in the NBA this season. The cost of his contract right now is just too prohibitive.”

Wall, who was the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, is a four-time All-Star but has been limited by chronic knee issues in recent seasons, missing all of the 2019-20 with several injuries and played in just 40 games last year.

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The last time Wall played more than 41 games in a season was 2016-17, when he played in 78 games for the Washington Wizards.

It was after that season when Wall inked a four-year, $170 million extension. The Wizards traded Wall and a 2023 first-round pick to the Rockets last December for Russell Westbrook. He’s played just 40 games with the Rockets.