Though the Rockets and veteran point guard John Wall agreed to part ways, it doesn’t appear that a resolution will come soon. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Houston general manager Rafael Stone is not currently willing to include a first-round draft pick to facilitate a move.
“Sources said the Rockets do not want to give up first-round draft compensation in a Wall trade and would not have interest in discussing a buyout until possibly after free agency next summer,” says MacMahon, who confirmed that Houston’s decision not to play Wall in the 2021-22 season is built in large part on a desire to have young prospects Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green as the team’s starting backcourt.
“Team management and Wall mutually decided that a bench role for him wouldn’t be beneficial to either party,” reports MacMahon. Confirming other reports, MacMahon says Wall is expected to report to training camp with the Rockets in late September and remain around the team.