At 31-year-old, John Wall knows that he needs to be on the floor showing his stuff if he is to continue getting lucrative deals. It appears that is part of his ploy to hopefully play again, even if it is with the Houston Rockets.

It is a big turnaround although hardly surprising. The 31-year-old has not played a single minute this NBA season with Houston still awaiting offers for the All-Star guard.

The bad news for the five-time All-Star is that no NBA team is biting. And the reason behind that is the huge fee required to pay Wall this 2021-22 season and possibly next year.

Wall is due $44.3 million this season. If he exercises his player option for the 2022-23 wars, he will make another $47.4 million.

With almost $91 million on the table, that is an amount most NBA teams would steer clear of. Most would prefer to wait for a buyout which unfortunately holds low chances of happening.

No less than Wall himself is opposed to resorting to a buyout.

With no development on a potential NBA trade, Wall reportedly met with Rockets management with hopes of possibly playing again. Considering that young players like rookie Jalen Green are dealing with a strained hamstring, it could be a good idea.

However, seeing Wall in a Rockets uniform may be a short-term solution. Although Green will likely need time to recall his old form, the fact remains that Wall may eventually find himself as someone who may come off the bench.

It is something that Wall is not too keen on although he may want to look into the case of Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks. The former NBA MVP has been thriving in his new role although his and Wall’s cases are entirely different.

The bottom line is that Wall needs to be out there playing. Seeing him in action does not promise that the Rocket may start racking up wins. But playing and showing his worth could help entice other teams to discuss a potential deal with Houston and resolve the case of John Wall.

John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets
John Wall #1 of the Houston Rockets Getty Images | Tim Warner

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