The Houston Rockets, after their decision to rebuild, have asked John Wall to serve out this NBA season. Not everyone has been so lucky, and former NBA player Quentin Richardson pointed that out.
In the past three seasons, Wall has played in just 40 games. He missed the entire 2019-20 season due to injury, playing those games in his first stint with the Rockets.
However, he did not play last season despite being healthy. The franchise chose to compete with their younger team and asked the veteran to ride on the bench.
Although Wall was featured in several trading rumors throughout the season, none came out. Even with no chance of entering court, the combo watchman has opted for his $47.3 million player option for next season.
The issue was discussed on the “Pat McAfee Show” as the host tried to make sense of the situation. Richardson believes it is not Wall’s fault as he did not ask not to be an active member.
“I don’t think they’re known for that,” Richardson said. “I think it’s just the situation. This is why when I hear fans and different people trying to be critical of professional athletes, it’s like this is an excellent situation.
“If the shoe was on the other side, and he was unhappy, and he said, ‘Hey, I want to be away from the team,’ then they’ll tell him he’s a team killer. But he agreed amicably. They said, ‘Hey, we don’t want you around, go home and get out.
“But if the shoe is on the other side, they would kill him. ‘They pay you $47 million’, they would kill him. This is just how it goes. That’s why I feel like he’s in a great situation where we were he hurt all those teams but he gets paid a lot of money no matter what. So he does win in that situation but it’s like not everyone is that lucky.”
The Houston Rockets are reportedly seeking John Wall out of his contract
It has been reported that the Rockets Wall want to buy its $47 million contract. Obviously the team doesn’t want to use him in any capacity and would probably be happy to free up staff space.
Although Wall has missed an entire season, teams are reportedly looking to try and secure his services. The Boston Celtics and LA Lakers are among the frontrunners looking to take over Wall.
The 31-year-old is an elite two-way guard. The last time he played a full season, he averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists (second in league), 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals (league-best).
In 2020-21, he averaged 20.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg at 40.4% admissions.
Meanwhile, the Rockets want to get younger. A few days ago, they traded Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks for the 26th pick in the draft and a few players. Later Thursday evening, they will be third in the draft.