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3 ideal John Wall trade scenarios from the Houston Rockets

Jason Burgos
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There is a very real possibility that Houston Rockets guard John Wall could be wearing a different uniform for the 2022-2023 season.

Five-time All-Star John Wall has played a total of 40 games over the last three seasons due to a torn Achilles, an infection, and most recently a hamstring issue. In the two seasons prior to 2019-2020, he played in 73 games for the Washington Wizards. Suffice to say, Wall is as injury-prone over the last five years as any player in the NBA.

It was that problem that led the Wizards to trade him to Houston after nine seasons and that is why the Rockets have been stuck with him as he slowly recovers from his variety of ailments. For the most part, he’s been a completely untradable asset. However, heading into the final season of his deal, he has regained trade value because of his expiring contract.

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Despite a $47 million dollar payday coming to him in 2022-2023, there are teams in the league who may take a flyer on a one-season tryout to get cap flexibility long-term. Let’s take a look at three possible trade scenarios involving John Wall that could benefit the Houston Rockets and another team.

New York Knicks trade an All-Star to get cap flexibility

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  • Trade: Julius Randle, Kemba Walker, and Alec Burks to Houston, John Wall and 17th pick in 2022 to New York

The New York Knicks’ strategy over the last few years has been about improving while maintaining cap flexibility for the possibility that a superstar talent — Damian Lillard or Donovan Mitchell — ask to be traded. After an MVP caliber season two years ago, Julius Randle regressed back to borderline All-Star status this season and is back in the tradable zone. Houston could certainly benefit from a player of his talent level alongside Jalen Green, even with multiple years left on his contract.

A Wall trade for the Knicks would be a move to allow talented forward Obi Toppin to start alongside young star RJ Barrett, and build their young crop of talent while trying to plug their point guard hole short term. Plus, Wall could be used in a trade deadline deal before he comes off the books after the upcoming season.

Kemba Walker and Alec Burks make the money side of the deal work while also being legitimate contributors who have contracts that the team could terminate after next season.

John Wall becomes Philadelphia 76ers’ plan B

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  • Trade: Tobias Harris, Danny Green, Georges Niang to Houston, John Wall to Philadelphia

The Philadelphia 76ers will head into this offseason with big dreams of scoring another star to play with Joel Embiid and James Harden. However, there is a strong chance they may not be able to make those dreams a reality. However, if they made a swap for Wall that included Tobias Harris, they at the very least would free up cap space to really make a push for a worthwhile addition after next season.

Under a pie-in-the-sky scenario, a healthy Wall offers up a solid third option and decoy for Doc Rivers in the first full season for the Embiid and Harden project.

The Rockets would get a borderline All-Star in Harris to assist last year’s first-rounders Jalen Green and Josh Christopher on a team with a couple more top-20 draft picks after June.

John Wall reunites with Bradley Beal in Washington

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  • Trade: Kristaps Porzingis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 2023 first-round pick to Houston, John Wall, and 17th pick in 2022 to Washington

It would have seemed like a crazy idea a few years ago, but Wall returning to the team who drafted him first overall in 2010, and trading him a decade later isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Especially in a one-season reunion to land the 17th pick in the 2022 draft, and clear their books for upcoming seasons.

The fact that Wall reportedly would not be against a reunion with former teammate, and multi-time All-Star Bradley Beal almost makes it likely.

The Rockets would land an extra first-round pick in 2023, and two solid contributors who are a bit more reliable than Wall to play a majority of the games next season.