Well, it’s that time of the year again, the John Wall trade rumors have officially flooded the internet. And no, you didn’t travel back in time to 2018.
John Wall’s prime is far behind him, although he’s not to blame for that. He suffered back-to-back career-threatening injuries and had to miss two years of NBA action.
Wall is also the third-highest paid player in the NBA, thus making any move kind of tricky. But he’s not to blame for that either, as the Washington Wizards were more than happy to sign him to a mammoth contract extension.
John Wall trade rumors 2021
According to multiple reports, the Houston Rockets and John Wall have agreed to part ways, which is only natural. The Rockets want to get younger and have a promising backcourt in Kevin Porter Jr and Jalen Green, and Wall would be better off playing for a contender.
But, as it happens with most of the Houston Rockets trade rumors as of late, it’s not as easy as it seems. Mainly, because the team won’t want to give up any first-round picks to make another franchise absorb Wall’s massive contract.
Wall has played in just 40 games since signing his contract extension, yet he’s due to make nearly $92 million the next two seasons. With all that in consideration, let’s take a look at the trade packages that could actually work for him:
The Dallas Mavericks have been on the market for a point guard for quite some time now. They’ve struck out on nearly every big-name free agent, but they still have a generational talent in Luka Doncic. Even if they end up signing Goran Dragic as expected, they’d still have plenty of room for John Wall.
The Mavericks are one of the few teams that can actually pull off a John Wall trade. They’re reportedly second-guessing if Kristaps Porzingis wants to play next to Doncic, and the Latvian’s big contract could get the conversation rolling. Also, he’s still young and could fit the Rockets’ timeline, or they could trade him again.
The Mavericks would have to send plenty of salary-fillers to the Rockets as well, most likely including Dwight Powell. Also, they could be desperate enough not to ask for a first-round pick in return.
If you look up “John Wall trade rumors,” then you’ll see that the Los Angeles Clippers are at the top of the list. They’ve been craving a top-notch caliber point guard for years and it’s clear that they won’t get one in Reggie Jackson.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is aggressive and determined to prove that the team is ready to win a championship. He won’t mind going over the luxury tax if that means putting the most competitive squad in the Western Conference.
For this to happen, the Clippers would have to trade away Eric Bledsoe, Luke Kennard, and salary-fillers to land the former All-Star. And, just like the Mavs, they may not even ask for a pick in return.
And last, but not least, we find the Philadelphia 76ers, who have a bit of a problem of their own. They’re trying to move Ben Simmons but won’t take a penny on the dollar on him, and no team is willing to give away multiple assets for a player who wants to leave.
That’s where the Sacramento Kings enter the picture. The Kings have been obsessed with Simmons for quite some time, and they could facilitate a trade to send John Wall to the City of Brotherly Love. The Sixers will get Wall and a first-round pick from each team, the Rockets get Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III, and the Kings get Simmons and salary-fillers.
Among all the John Wall trade rumors, this might as well make the most sense. While the Rockets would need to give a pick away, they’d get two young promising players in return. The Kings land their franchise player, and the Sixers get a scoring point guard who’d actually want to play.