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John Wall to Miami in Latest Rumors

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Some interesting rumors have been flying around the league, including David Aldridge predicting former number one overall pick signing with the Miami Heat.

When asked what he thought about John Wall’s situation in Houston and where he would end up playing in the 2021-22 season, David Aldridge shared his thoughts.

“Miami – after he negotiates a buyout from the Rockets. Wall lives in Miami in the offseason, and the Heat is famous for extending careers of talented guys who’ve been slowed by injuries mid-career.”

David Aldridge, The Athletic

The Rockets have been looking to find former all-star guard John Wall a new home since the trade deadline last season. Could the Heat reach a deal after Houston and Wall agree to a buyout?

What Wall Brings to the Table

John Wall is exactly what the Heat need, an explosive scorer off the bench. Imagine being completely dogged by Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, P.J. Tucker, and Bam Adebayo to start the game, then have to turn around and deal with John Wall, Tyler Herro, Markieff Morris, and Dewayne Dedmon.

The Heat lacked scoring in the last season, clearly shown after getting swept by the champion Milwaukee Bucks.

The highest scoring player in that first round was Goran Dragic with 16 PPG, followed by Bam with 15.5 and Butler with 14.5.

Needless to say, the Heat have improved on this in 2021 with the signing of Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro’s incredible pre-season, but what does the potential addition of John Wall mean to the team?

In 40 games with Houston, Wall averaged 20.6 PPG, 6.9 APG, and 1.1 SPG in 32.2 MPG. Wall is a proven passer, averaging over 10 assists 3 times in his career. With Miami, I would expect to see his PPG decline and his assists numbers rise to the 7-8 range in fewer minutes.

Wall has the potential to explode on any given night. He had 5 30+ point games in his last season with Houston, including a 36-point performance against the Brooklyn Nets. He also had 6 games with 10+ assists, including 15 assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

John Wall’s first triple-double since 2016 came with the Rockets as well. Wall recorded 19 point, 11 rebound, 10 assist game against the Toronto Raptors.

When Could This Happen?

There is currently no timetable for John Wall’s situation with Houston whether it be by trade or buyout; however, it’s been noted that Wall will not be suiting for the Rockets this season. If a team doesn’t trade for Wall, don’t be surprised to see Houston buy him out, making Wall a free agent.

Miami could be a great fit for the former all-star point guard. By providing significant scoring and passing off the bench, Wall could be an incredible sparkplug to play alongside Tyler Herro and the second unit.


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