John Wall Rumors: Rockets PG Open to Returning Wizards; Bradley Beal does not oppose the move | Launderer’s report

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As John Wall continues to wait for a situation that will allow him to resume his NBA career, one potential option that could await the five-time All-Star is one he knows very well.

By The Athletic’s David AldridgeWall told those close to him that he would be open to playing for the Washington Wizards and that Bradley Beal “wouldn’t rule out a possible reunion” with his former running mate out of hand.

Wall hasn’t played in a Houston Rockets game since April 23, 2021, when he played 39 minutes in a 109-104 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

In November, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported that Wall and the Rockets had a different take on what his role should be. He wanted “to have a starting role and compete to maintain it”, but the team wanted him off the bench.

There were rumors ahead of the February 10 trade deadline that Wall might be moved. NBA reporter Mark Stein noted that the Rockets were open to accepting Russell Westbrook as part of a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, but they wanted Los Angeles’ 2027 first-round pick included in the package.

No deal was reached by the Feb. 10 deadline, so Wall continues to be absent. The 31-year-old has $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season.

Beal’s contract is the biggest storyline for the Wizards heading into the offseason. The three-time All-Star has a $36.4 million player option for next season, but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on the February 8 episode of NBA today (2:35 mark) that he is asking for the maximum five-year extension this summer.

According to Aldridge, Beal’s confidence in the Washington front office to take bold action was “bolstered” by the delay agreement to void Davis Bertans’ contract in the trade with the Dallas Mavericks that brought back Kristaps Porzingis.

Beal had an end to the season wrist surgery February 10. He averaged 23.2 points, his career best with 6.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in 40 starts this season.

Wall and Beal played together for seven seasons with the Wizards from 2012-19. They led the team to four playoff appearances and a Southeast Division title in the 2016-17 season.

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