The Miami Heat have an absolutely stacked starting lineup going into the 2021-22 NBA season, but there’s a huge concern when it comes to depth, as the team doesn’t have a legit backup for point guard Kyle Lowry.
To solve this problem, Bleacher Report‘s Greg Swartz says the Heat should make it a priority to snag John Wall from the Houston Rockets.
ESPN reported that the Rockets and Wall have “agreed to work together in an attempt to find a trade destination for the veteran point guard,” however, the five-time All-Star’s two-year $91.7 million contract, which includes a $47.4 million option for 2022-23, is not just impossible for the Heat to pick up, but for any NBA team in 2021.
“A John Wall buyout would be the dream scenario for Miami,” Swartz wrote. While The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on September 14, that “there are no buyout plans” at this time,” it may be a different story come October.
If a buyout with Wall doesn’t come to fruition, Swartz suggests Miami shifts their focus to Jeff Teague, 33, who’s a free agent after spending last season with the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. The former 19th overall pick in 2009 averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists per game last season while shooting 43.9% from deep in 17.3 minutes of play.
Sirius XM NBA reporter Mitch Lawrence tweeted on September 14, “The Rockets have been fielding offers for John Wall, including from the Clippers, Heat, and Pistons, per sources.”