But there’s apparently no rush.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, there are no talks of a buyout and the Rockets are unlikely to move Wall before the trade deadline barring an injury to a team that suddenly needs help at the guard spot.
Sources said the Rockets do not want to give up first-round draft compensation in a Wall trade and would not have interest in discussing a buyout until possibly after free agency next summer.
So no trade before the trade deadline and no buyout until next offseason? Will Wall sit out the whole season?
Even if a team needs help at point guard, it will be difficult to match Wall’s $44,310,840 salary in a trade. And teams will be loathe to take on the $47,366,760 he’s due the following season.
I wouldn’t rule out a buyout sooner, particularly after the trade deadline. Teams often say a buyout won’t happen… right until the moment a buyout actually happens.
But everyone is at least talking about Wall remaining with Houston for quite a while.