A couple of years ago, John Wall was considered one of the best point guards in the league. His playmaking, two-way impact, and athleticism made him a big entertainer.
Now, not so much. He's missed most of the past couple of seasons and is currently on the worst contract in the NBA.
That's why he and the Houston Rockets have mutually agreed to part ways, as he doesn't fit their timeline and doesn't want to play for a rebuilding team:
"With John Wall and the Houston Rockets looking to part ways in the near future, the franchise’s rebuild just added another intriguing layer ahead of the 2021-22 season," reported Kelly Iko of The Athletic.
And, even though some reports claim that he could sit out the whole season as he looks to be traded, it seems like the Clippers, Pistons, and Heat could try and make a run at him right away:
"According to sources, the Los Angeles Clippers have negotiated a trade with the Houston Rockets for five-time All-Star John Wall. However, they aren’t the only competitors pursuing the North Carolina native. The Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat are also expressing interest in trading for the 10-year veteran. Though, one of the biggest roadblocks preventing Rockets general manager Rafael Stone from shopping Wall is his outrageous contract. Furthermore, there are no buyout plans for the veteran," said James Foglio of Basketball Insiders.
Wall still has nearly $92 million left in the remaining two years of his contract, so moving that kind of a deal will be a tough task, for sure.
The Rockets are reluctant to trade away any future first-round picks and rightfully so, as they're looking to get younger and continue to build through the draft.
There's no doubt that, when healthy, Wall still has what it takes to be one of the best playmakers in the league. But the big question is whether he'll ever be healthy again.