Representatives of John Wall informed Houston Rockets on Tuesday that the five-time All Star defender will exercise the player option in his contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Not a surprising decision – which was reportedly made months ago – as Wall is now set to make $ 47.4 million in the 2022-23 season, although it seems unlikely he will win them with the Rockets.
The 31-year-old Wall is absent throughout the 2021-22 season due to a disagreement with the Rockets over his role. The point guard reportedly wanted to start for the team while Houston wanted him off the bench. Wall has publicly expressed his disappointment with the situation this season.
While the Rockets are communicating plans to trade Wall before the start of the 2021-22 season, no deal was made and the team ended the year with the worst NBA record of 20-62.
Since the team needs a full recovery, saving Wall makes no sense to either side. However, his high salary may hinder transactions and may require redemption. According to Charania, “both sides are expected to reach a resolution soon.”
Wall spent the first nine seasons of his NBA career in the Washington Wizards before being changed in December 2020 as part of a deal involving Russell Westbrook. Wall played 40 games for the Rockets in the 2020-21 season and averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists.