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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.

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 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.

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 Washington Wizards flipped John Wall to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook in early December, ending Wall’s decade-long run with the team.

But even though the five-time All-Star now plays halfway across the country, he’s still keeping close tabs on his former squad – with a particular emphasis on one ex-teammate.

“Why wouldn’t I? I told everybody, I said, ‘I still watch all their games,'” Wall told The Athletic’s Fred Katz. “Who the hell wouldn’t wanna watch Bradley Beal?

“The numbers he puts up, the way he plays, you wanna support that. Outside of being just my brother, he’s a hell of a basketball player. So, a fan would wanna enjoy that.”

Beal is currently averaging a league-high 32.8 points to go along with five rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game – albeit for a waning 6-17 Wizards team.

Meanwhile, Wall is consistently back on the court for the first time since the 2018-19 season. The Rockets’ new starting point guard has put up 19.1 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.9 boards per night through 16 appearances. The 30-year-old’s 51% effective field goal rate ranks as the best of his career to date, thanks in large part to 36.7% accuracy on 3-pointers.

With the Rockets set to face Washington on Monday, Wall will soon play his first regular-season game on the Wizards’ homecourt since Dec. 16, 2018. Fans won’t be in attendance for his first return, but the former first overall pick is already envisioning his first game back with the D.C. faithful in the stands.

“I think it’ll be a dope-ass reception, to be honest,” Wall said. “I wouldn’t expect nothing less. I’ll be shocked if it was less.”

735 days after his last NBA game, John Wall made his long-awaited return to the hardwood in the Houston Rockets‘ 122-119 win over the Sacramento Kings on New Year’s Eve.

Wall was relieved to finally get back on the court and showcase what he’s capable of.

“It was great, man, just to get out there and have fun. When I get between those four lines and once the ball touches my hands after the jump ball, I was fine,” the former Washington Wizards star said postgame, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “I was happy to be able to compete with some of the best guys in this league and (demonstrate) that I have the ability to be one of the best point guards in this league.”

The five-time All-Star notably suffered a torn Achilles tendon in February 2019 while recovering from a separate heel injury, a development that contributed to his long layoff. Entering this season healthy, Wall was forced to miss the Rockets’ opening two games to comply with the league’s health and safety protocols.

Now that he’s finally back with a game under his belt, the 30-year-old is already determined to improve upon his impressive season debut.

“Having 22 (points), nine (assists), and six (rebounds) is not bad for my first game in two years,” Wall said. “I can pat myself on the back for that, and I know that I’ll be even better for the next game.”

Wall’s new teammates were thrilled to have him on the floor, particularly Christian Wood.

“He looks like he’s back in his All-Star mode,” the Rockets center said.

Wall and the Rockets return to action Saturday against the Kings.

James Harden adds Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat to trade destination list  | NBA News | Sky Sports

The addition of John Wall hasn’t changed James Harden‘s stance on his future in Houston, as the Rockets star is unmoved and uninterested in a new partnership and continues to push for a trade, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

Wall was hopeful Harden would be open to playing alongside him.

The former No. 1 overall pick has shown signs of his previous All-Star form, averaging 17 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 boards across a pair of preseason appearances. It’s been Wall’s first taste of NBA action since December 2018.

“I think me and James can be a heck of a combination,” Wall told reporters after Sunday’s preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls. “I just hope we get the opportunity to get into the regular season and see how it goes.”

Harden’s opposition to working out a backcourt partnership with Wall reportedly isn’t personal and he apparently intends on being professional and engaged when he rejoins the team for Monday’s practice.

The Brooklyn NetsPhiladelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks are said to be Harden’s preferred trade destinations.

Houston is reportedly seeking a young franchise cornerstone as well as multiple first-round draft picks and/or young talent on rookie contracts.

The Rockets have apparently engaged in trade talks with the Nets and 76ers. Neither side has reportedly expressed interest in including Kyrie Irving in a potential deal, while Philadelphia is said to be unwilling to part with Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons.

Rockets, Wizards agree to Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade – Orange County  Register

The Houston Rockets are trading Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future first-round pick, the Wizards announced Wednesday.

The pick is lottery-protected in 2023, top-12 protected in 2024, top-10 protected in 2025, top-eight protected in 2026, or becomes two second-rounders after that point, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.

“Having the opportunity to acquire a player of Russell’s caliber and character was something that we could not pass up when looking at both the immediate and long-term future of our team,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a statement.

He added: “With that said, the decision to part ways with John, one of the greatest players in franchise history, was extremely difficult. What he has meant to our organization and our community is immeasurable and will not be forgotten.”

Both guards reportedly requested trades this offseason.

Sheppard and Rockets executive Rafael Stone reached an agreement within a few hours on Wednesday afternoon after the two sides hadn’t spoken on a potential deal for weeks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Wizards GM previously said he had “no plans” to deal Wall, though owner Ted Leonsis reportedly had the final say.

“At the end of the day, this is a Ted (Leonsis) call,” a source told The Athletic’s David Aldridge.

Wall is set to earn $41.3 million this season and $44.3 million the following year. He holds a $47.4-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign.

He hasn’t appeared in an NBA contest since December 2018. Wall is the Wizards’ all-time leader in assists and steals.

Meanwhile, Westbrook is owed $41.4 million this coming campaign and $44.2 million in 2021-22. He also holds a $47.1-million player option for the 2022-23 season.

His move to the nation’s capital reunites him with former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.

“Russell’s accomplishments and honors on the court speak for themselves, but his drive and will to win are what separate him as a truly unique player,” Brooks said in a statement.

Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 boards, and seven assists during his lone season in Houston.

John Wall wants to be traded as Wizards, Rockets discuss Russell Westbrook  swap, per report -

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has made it clear he wants the organization to trade him, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.

Wall can earn over $132 million during the final three seasons of his contract. He hasn’t played in a game for nearly two years after rupturing his left Achilles tendon, meaning any team that trades for him is taking a significant risk. The 30-year-old’s last appearance came in a loss to the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 26, 2018.

The floor general’s name recently emerged in trade talks between the Wizards and Houston Rockets involving fellow point guard Russell Westbrook, but those discussions have since stalled, Charania reports. Westbrook is set to earn $41.3-million next season, which is slightly more than Wall’s $41.2-million salary for 2020-21.

Wall has produced impressive career averages of 19 points, 9.2 assists, and 1.7 steals in 573 games. Before being hit with the injury bug, the Kentucky product appeared in five consecutive All-Star Games from 2013 to 2018.