REPORT: Heat Have Interest in John Wall if he is Bought Out

The past few years of John Wall’s career have him sitting on the bench in street clothes instead of playing on the court, but that hasn’t stopped some teams from around the league from expressing interest in the guard.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat have expressed interest in Wall, but some complications exist.

“Though the Heat would have interest in adding point guard John Wall if he’s bought out by Houston, ESPN said that’s not happening because Wall doesn’t want to give up his $47.4 million player option next season, let alone his $44.3 million salary this season,” Jackson wrote.

Wall’s salary keeping him tied to the Houston Rockets is an issue because, at the moment, Wall is not playing for Houston, and reports indicate that the Rockets have no interest in playing Wall at any point this season.

With this year plus Wall’s player option left on his contract, he could be inactive on Houston’s roster until 2023 unless a team agrees to trade or Wall agrees to a buyout, and he gives up his salary.

Wall has struggled to stay on the court for the past few seasons, not playing more than 41 games since the 2016-17 season. But when Wall is healthy and playing, he’s one of the most dynamic point guards in the league, holding career averages of 19.1 points, 9.1 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.

The Rockets have had an abysmal start to the season, sitting dead last in the NBA with a record of 1-14. The Heat have had the exact opposite start to their season, currently tied for first in the Eastern Conference at 11-5.