Monday, May 23 2022

According to ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon, the recently made decision by the Houston Rockets to not play veteran point guard John Wall in the 2021-22 season was based primarily on a desire to give promising third-year guard Kevin Porter Jr. more work at the position.

Just 21 years old, Porter averaged 16.6 points and 6.3 assists per game with the Rockets last season, and one of his final games was a historic 50-point, 11-assist showing versus an elite defender and opponent in the form of Jrue Holiday and eventual NBA champion Milwaukee.

Regarding the Wall decision and how it relates to Porter Jr. and the Rockets moving forward, here’s what MacMahon told veteran NBA scribe Zach Lowe on the latest episode of The Lowe Post podcast:

Really, it’s about that the Rockets don’t want John Wall getting in the way. People talk about Jalen Green, but it’s really Kevin Porter Jr.’s development.

They’ve decided that Kevin Porter Jr. is not only a point guard, but is their point guard of the future. So asking John Wall to come off the bench for a rebuilding team… for both sides, that didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

But they did not want him taking the ball out of Kevin Porter Jr.’s hands, and he doesn’t want to be in a rebuilding situation. The problem is, he’s due $91.7 million over the next couple years.

Based on that salary, MacMahon said he views a contract buyout in 2022 as the most likely resolution to the standoff between Wall and the Rockets. Be it by trade or buyout, the financial problems related to Wall’s massive deal should be much easier to overcome with only one year left on the contract (as opposed to the two that remain on it today).

The complete podcast with Lowe and MacMahon, which includes a rundown of hypothetical Wall trades, can be listened to below. The discussion regarding Wall and Houston is in the show’s initial segment.


Report: Rockets willing to wait on John Wall trade until 2022 offseason

Report: Rockets won’t include first-round draft pick to trade John Wall


Player salaries for the Houston Rockets in 2021-22, future seasons

Source: Yahoo Sports


NHL projects a 98% full COVID-19 vaccination rate among players before the 2021-22 season


Wall testing limits of NBA's untradeable contract

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Phillies sign six pitchers to minor-league contracts

Phillies sign six pitchers to minor-league contracts originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia As Major League Baseball’s hibernation enters a third week, teams continue to address minor-league needs. The Phillies on Tuesday announced the signings of six pitchers to minor-league contracts. All six have been invited to big-league spring training camp, which is scheduled to […]

Read More

Top 30 Premier League moments: No. 24 – Keane, Vieira clash in tunnel

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Update your settings here to see it. To celebrate the 30th season of the Premier League, we are counting down and ranking our top 30 moments in Premier League history. [ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ] That’s right, yours truly, Joe […]

Read More

Klay Thompson trending towards pre-Christmas return

The Warriors, a league-best 14-2, returned to San Francisco this weekend to good news. Klay Thompson came through well after a week of 5-on-5 scrimmaging and has been cleared to be a full-time participant in all future Warriors’ practices, sources tell The Athletic. Thompson is trending toward a potential return the week before Christmas Day, […]

Read More