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The Houston Rockets and John Wall have reached a buyout agreement, paving the way for the veteran guard to hit free agency, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Wall plans to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he clears waivers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The former No. 1 overall pick recently exercised his $47.4-million player option for next season but will give back $6.5 million to become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports.

Wall hasn’t played in an NBA game in more than a year. He averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals over 40 appearances with the Rockets.

The Kentucky product would provide the Clippers with a proven playmaker. Los Angeles tied for 16th in the Association last season with 24 assists per contest.

Wall was a perennial All-Star with the Washington Wizards before sustaining a series of serious injuries. He earned an NBA All-Defensive second-team selection in 2015 and made the All-NBA third team in 2017.

Wall is the Wizards’ all-time leader in assists and steals.

The Houston Rockets have selected Auburn forward Jabari Smith with the No. 3 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Smith fell to the third spot after reportedly being projected to go No. 1 to the Orlando Magic hours earlier. He’ll join a rebuilding Rockets team that added guard Jalen Green with the second overall pick in 2021.

After sitting outside the top five high school recruits entering the 2021-22 college basketball season, Smith flashed immense potential as a high-level scorer and defender at a long 6-foot-10. He shot a sparkling 42% on over five 3-point attempts per game at Auburn while also averaging over a block and a steal per contest.

As a result of his strong campaign, Smith took home the USBWA Freshman of the Year award, made first-team All-SEC, and was on the late-season ballot for the Wooden Award. He also led the Tigers to their highest seed in the NCAA Tournament in over 20 years.

The 19-year-old is a rare prospect that has both a high floor and a high ceiling. At his peak, Smith’s shooting ability and size could put him in the echelon of Kevin Durant or Brandon Ingram as an All-Star-level wing scorer. However, even if his offensive playmaking doesn’t reach that level, he can still play a valuable role as a starter who can defend multiple positions and knock down open shots.

Bio

Position: Forward
School: Auburn
College experience: Freshman
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 220 lbs
Wingspan: 7-foot-1
Max vertical: N/A

Strengths

  • Well-above average size and length for a wing player
  • Knockdown shooter from the 3-point line
  • Versatile defender who can guard positions 2-through-5 with ease
  • Tough shotmaker with defenders in his face due to a high release point
  • Fluid, coordinated athlete with the occasional explosive burst
  • One of the youngest players selected at the top of the draft

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t always make great decisions with shot selection
  • Can struggle to generate plays for others off the dribble
  • Needs to finish better at the rim – shot 43.5% from 2-point range
  • Runs the risk of being a tweener as an oversized wing who lacks the strength of a big

Houston Rockets guard John Wall exercised his $47.4-million player option for the 2022-23 season, his agent informed the club, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Wall and the Rockets are expected to work through a resolution in the near future, adds Charania.

Houston acquired the five-time All-Star and a 2023 lottery-protected first-round pick from the Washington Wizards two years ago in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

Wall has made only 40 appearances with the Rockets, averaging 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. He sat out the entire 2021-22 campaign as the club worked with him on finding a new team, but Houston couldn’t strike a deal with another squad.

Wall reportedly informed the Rockets last November that he wanted to rejoin the active roster as a starter, but he remained on the sidelines as the franchise planned to have him come off the bench.

The Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to trade big man Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Mavericks will send Boban MarjanovicSterling BrownTrey BurkeMarquese Chriss, and the No. 26 pick in the upcoming draft to the Rockets for Wood, Charania reports.

The 26-year-old averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and a block in 68 games for Houston last season.

The Rockets were looking to move Wood to open up playing time for 19-year-old big man Alperen SengunESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports.

The Rockets now have three first-rounders in next week’s draft, including the No. 3 and No. 17 selections.

Wood is entering the last year of a three-year, $41-million contract he signed in 2020. The UNLV product had a breakout season with the Detroit Pistons in 2019-2020, averaging 13.1 points in 62 games after previously playing a combined 72 contests over three seasons.

The Mavericks are coming off an unexpected run to the Western Conference finals. Dallas prioritized upgrading the center spot after the team lost in five games to the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chriss underwent knee surgery Wednesday and is expected to spend the next few months rehabbing, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports.

Dallas has only made three of its own first-round picks since 2015.

The Houston Rockets would be open to acquiring Russell Westbrook if the Los Angeles Lakers receive John Wall in return and incentivize the trade with “sufficient draft compensation,” sources told NBA insider Marc Stein.

Houston is seeking the Lakers’ 2027 first-round draft pick, Stein adds. The Rockets reportedly aren’t interested in Westbrook suiting up for another stint after the star guard joined the team for the 2019-20 season.

The potential blockbuster deal is unlikely to occur before next month’s trade deadline, Stein notes.

Westbrook and Wall were traded for one another in December 2020. Both players earn roughly the same salary this season and hold a player option for 2022-23.

Westbrook has struggled throughout his first year in Los Angeles. The former MVP is averaging 18.5 points, eight boards, 7.8 assists, and 1.1 steals over 45 appearances this season. He’s second in the Association in turnovers (4.2 per game) and shooting only 30.4% from deep.

Wall hasn’t played during the 2021-22 campaign as the Rockets reportedly canvassed the trade market for a suitor. The veteran guard was apparently interested in re-joining the team’s active roster as a starter, but Houston wanted him to come off the bench.

Wall averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 1.1 steals across 40 appearances in 2020-21.

The Houston Rockets and John Wall have agreed to work together on finding a new team for the five-time All-Star, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Wall will reportedly remain around the Rockets once training camp begins in two weeks but will not play in any further games with Houston.

With a $47.4-million player option for 2022-23, Wall is owed a combined $91.7 million on the rest of his contract. However, the Rockets have no plans to buy out the veteran guard, Charania notes.

Houston reportedly informed Wall in a recent meeting that it aims to keep him healthy while the organization continues its rebuild.

After he missed the entire 2019-20 season due to a torn Achilles, the Washington Wizards traded Wall to Houston in December in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

In his lone season with the Rockets, Wall tallied 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals. However, he was again bothered by injuries; he played in just 40 of the team’s 72 games, and a hamstring strain caused him to be shut down for Houston’s final 12 contests of the regular season.

Make no mistake about it: Houston Rockets rookie guard Jalen Green feels he deserved to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Following Houston’s 111-91 victory over No. 1 overall selection Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons in summer league action Tuesday, Green said he’s beginning his NBA career with something to prove.

“My chip is super big. It started at draft night when I got drafted No. 2. I felt I was No. 1,” Green said after dropping a game-high 25 points.

Rather than let a head-to-head matchup against Cunningham get the better of him, Green focused on Houston prevailing above all else.

“I was still trying to get everyone involved and not make it a one-on-one battle between me and Cade,” the 19-year-old said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. “I could have turned around and did that for myself, but we end up getting the win, so that’s all that matters.”

Green added five rebounds and three assists while shooting 10-of-11 from the free-throw line in Houston’s win. Cunningham finished with 20 points, four rebounds, and three steals for Detroit.

The next meeting between this year’s top two picks could come in the summer league’s single-game elimination portion beginning next week. If the Rockets and Pistons don’t face each other again in Las Vegas, the next chapter in the budding Green-Cunningham rivalry will come during the 2021-22 regular season.

The Houston Rockets are “aggressively” trying to trade for the Detroit Pistons‘ No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft, sources told Shams Charania of Stadium.

The Rockets, who hold the second overall pick, would reportedly target Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham if they can swing a deal with the Pistons.

Houston is also exploring all of its options if it stays at No. 2, according to Charania.

Cunningham is widely expected to be taken first overall Thursday. The 19-year-old guard worked out with the Pistons on Tuesday and doesn’t intend to visit with any other teams before the draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski.

USC center Evan Mobley, Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, and G League Ignite guard Jalen Green – in no particular order – are expected to round out the top four picks in the draft.

Houston Rockets star John Wall will likely miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a right hamstring strain, the team announced Monday.

The 30-year-old suffered the injury in Friday’s game versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

Wall, who has suffered several injuries in recent seasons, has been limited again during his first campaign in Houston. He missed five games in March due to a knee contusion, and also sat a handful of contests in January with soreness. Both ailments involved his left knee.

After missing another four games earlier this month, the five-time All-Star revealed he’s also battling hamstring tightness and a hip contusion.

“(Knee inflammation has) been there almost since I got hit in the Lakers game early in the year,” he told the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen after returning against the Dallas Mavericks on April 7. “But it’s not really bothering me. I can play through that. It was more so the tightness in my hamstring and my hip contusion that was bothering me.”

He averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game across 40 starts this season.

The Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves became the first teams to get eliminated from postseason contention following the San Antonio Spurs’ win over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

As a result, Houston’s (15-44) league-leading streak of eight straight playoff appearances came to an end. Excluding this season, the Rockets earned a combined 413-233 record during their streak.

The Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers now share the NBA’s longest active playoff streak at seven consecutive seasons.

TEAMACTIVE PLAYOFF STREAK
Toronto Raptors7 seasons
Portland Trail Blazers7 seasons
Boston Celtics6 seasons
Indiana Pacers5 seasons
Oklahoma City Thunder5 seasons

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves (16-44) will watch the postseason from home for a third straight campaign and 16th time in the last 17 seasons.