Rockets guard John Wall has expressed a desire to return to the court and start playing again, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Wall and the franchise had mutually agreed that he would sit out until a trade was found back in September.
For a return to happen, Wall and Houston might need to compromise and solidify his role, Wojnarowski writes. At 31 years old and playing in a backcourt that consists of Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green, Wall doesn’t exactly fit with Houston’s current direction.
His massive salary of $44.31 million this season and a $47.37 million player option next season also make it difficult to find a trade partner. A five-time All-Star, Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists per game with the Rockets last season, shooting 40% from the field.
Wall never asked to be traded this fall, but it became clear that he was no longer part of the Rockets' plans. He spoke to general manager Rafael Stone on Friday, and the two sides plan to speak again on Sunday to further discuss a potential return, according to Wojnarowski.