Rockets left John Wall for Kevin Porter’s development
According to ESPN reporter Tim MacMahon, the recent decision by the Houston Rockets not to play veteran playmaker John Wall in the 2021-22 season was primarily based on a desire to give the promising goaltender more work. third-year Kevin Porter Jr. position.
At just 21, Porter averaged 16.6 points and 6.3 assists per game with the Rockets last season, and one of his last games was a historic performance of 50 points and 11 assists against an elite defender and opponent in the form of Jrue Holiday and future NBA champion Milwaukee.
Regarding the Wall decision and its connection to Porter Jr. and the Rockets, here’s what MacMahon said to veteran NBA scribe Zach Lowe in the last episode of The Lowe Post. Podcast:
Really, it’s about the fact that the Rockets don’t want John Wall to get in their way. People talk about Jalen Green, but that’s really the development of Kevin Porter Jr.
They have decided that Kevin Porter Jr. is not just a playmaker, but is their future playmaker. So asking John Wall to step off the bench for a rebuilding team… for both sides, that didn’t make much sense.
But they didn’t want him to take the ball out of Kevin Porter Jr.’s hands, and he doesn’t want to be in a rebuilding situation. Problem is, he owes $ 91.7 million over the next two years.
Based on that salary, MacMahon said he sees a 2022 contract buyout as the most likely resolution to the standoff between Wall and the Rockets. Whether through swap or buyout, the financial woes of Wall’s massive deal should be much easier to overcome with just one year left on the contract (as opposed to the two that remain today).
The full podcast with Lowe and MacMahon, which includes a recap of the hypothetical trades on the wall, can be heard below. The discussion regarding Wall and Houston is in the initial segment of the show.