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Rockets to Acquire John Wall in Multi-Team Trade, Expected to Release Him

10 February 2023, Friday
The Athletic's Sham Charania is reporting that the Houston Rockets are set to acquire John Wall in a three-team deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. According to Bleacher Report's Chris Haynes, the Rockets plan to subsequently waive Wall. The Clippers are said to be receiving Eric Gordon and three second-round picks in the trade, while the Grizzlies will be getting Luke Kennard. Along with Wall, the Rockets are also taking on Danny Green.

John Wall, the point guard who signed with the LA Clippers last summer, is set to be waived by the Houston Rockets. Wall penned a two-year $13.2 million deal with the Clippers last summer following a buyout agreement with the Rockets on June 28. Prior to picking up an abdominal injury in January, Wall was a regular contributor to the Clippers offense. He was averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game, but with a shooting percentage of 40%.

Given his comments on the “Run Your Race” podcast where he described his experience with Houston as “beyond trash”, it would appear logical that the Rockets are waiving him.

Wall cited James Harden's lack of dedication to the squad as a problem, saying that when he touched down in Houston, Harden was going to Atlanta to have some fun with hip-hop artist Lil Baby. “He didn't show up to training camp or anything like that, so that type of information is all toxic, Wall stated. Wall pointed to the passing of his mother, an Achilles injury and COVID as inspirations for his return to the court for the 2020-21 season. Nonetheless, he was relegated to the bench for the entirety of 2021-22 with Houston.

In January 2021, James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, leading some to speculate that the Houston Rockets had tanked in order to secure a high draft pick. The team went on to win 17 games in the regular season, resulting in the No. 2 overall pick, Jalen Green. In two seasons with the Rockets, Wall appeared in 40 games and averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, two threes and 1.1 steals.

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