As the Sixers look to move on from starting point guard Ben Simmons, another NBA team is in a similar position. Just last offseason, the Houston Rockets traded veteran point guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for five-time All-Star John Wall.
About a year later, the Rockets are said to be on the lookout for potential business deals for the 31-year-old guard as they enter a rebuilding phase in Houston.
The exchange wall will not be easy. Despite being a former All-Star player and averaging 20 points per game last season, his injury history is a bit worrying. Last year, Wall appeared in 40 of Houston’s 72 games. Two seasons ago, he missed the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles tendon injury.
In addition to a questionable injury history, Wall is also expected to earn over $ 90 million over the next two seasons. While the teams would no doubt consider bringing in Wall via free agency if he was bought out, the Rockets have no plans to go that route. Therefore, the teams should match Wall’s salary.
Former NBA veteran Kendrick Perkins spoke about the wall situation earlier this week. While commending the veteran goaltender for still having the ability to be a game-changer, Perkins suggested a few teams that should consider acquiring the Rockets goalie. Among the teams mentioned were the Philadelphia 76ers.
“I know he wouldn’t be up to the rebuilding phase,” Perkins said of Wall. “If I’m John Wall I’m looking to go somewhere where I can win, where I could at least have a shot at competing for a title. The problem is, he’s making a lot of lettuce. But there are three teams there. down who I think should try to sue John Wall. They are the 76ers, Clippers and Pelicans. “
If the Sixers could get Wall without having to spit out Ben Simmons or Tobias Harris, that would be a no-brainer for the team who need a natural point guard in their starting lineup. However, the 76ers are highly unlikely to offer a 25-year-old All-Star or borderline 29-year-old All-Star who has been one of the most consistent players and leaders in their locker room over the past few years. for an aging wall.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.