Wall spoke to Rockets officials and stated his desire is to play, have a starting role and compete to maintain it, but the franchise informed him that they want him to come off the bench, and not start, in order to play, sources tell The Athletic.
Source: Shams Charania @ The Athletic
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Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: Rockets five-time All-Star John Wall will continue to sit games after he told team officials his desire is to play, start games and compete to maintain role. Houston wants Wall to come off the bench.
Full story on @TheAthletic: theathletic.com/2983329/2021/1… – 2:39 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
There’s John Wall putting up shots before tonight’s game. He has had conversations with GM Rafael Stone about returning to playing for the #Rockets as acknowledged by HC Silas before tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/h2vrWdNlYP – 7:35 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Stephen Silas on John Wall report: “Yeah, Rafael and John spoke. As far as I know, John is wanting to come back and there’s going to be discussions around that. We’ll see. I just found out this afternoon.” – 6:18 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Stephen Silas says John Wall and Rafael Stone spoke. Silas says Wall wants to come back and there will be discussions about that moving forward. Silas said he was made aware of the discussions with Wall this afternoon – 6:18 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Glad to see John Wall wants to play instead of wait for a trade that wasn’t coming. Can’t just throw away healthy seasons. HOU should acquiesce because a team that’s already lost 15 in a row will continue doing a decent job of “developing young players,” even with a 5x all star. – 6:07 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
One thing I am curious about now…John Wall wants to play and that’s been made public. If Houston wants to continue to not play him, does the NBA step in and start issuing fines? Do the Rockets make him active, but keep him benched? I’m guessing he plays, but a weird situation. – 4:12 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
As long as Kevin Porter Jr. & Jalen Green still get plenty of minutes (and Green is currently injured) there’s no downside to John Wall playing for Houston. He’ll help them get organized and at least be more competitive. If he gets hurt, it’s not like there is trade value anyway. – 3:56 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Houston Rockets guard John Wall has expressed his hopes to the organization that he can resume playing for the team in the near future, sources tell ESPN. Story soon. – 3:43 PM
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: John Wall met with Rockets GM Rafael Stone and coach Stephen Silas today to discuss a possible return to play and a role on the team. No agreement yet on how that would look. Wall has wanted a chance to be a starter again. -via Twitter @wojespn / November 28, 2021
The outcome of the conversations is that Wall will continue to sit out games while remaining professional and being around and engaged with the team, sources said. Rockets officials informed Wall in their conversations on Sunday that they were not willing to guarantee him a starting role. -via The Athletic / November 28, 2021