Nov 27, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard John Wall (1) warms up before the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The big question facing Houston Rockets guard John Wall this offseason was whether or not he wanted to exercise his player option for the 2022-2023 season. Turns out, the answer is yes.

Per Shams Charania, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul informed the Rockets that Wall will indeed exercise his $47.4 million option for next season. Charania added in a follow-up that the two sides will “work through a resolution on Wall’s tenure in the near future.”

Wall came to Houston via trade before the 2020-2021 season after missing the entire previous year with an Achilles tear. He started 40 games that year for the Rockets, averaging 20.6 points and 6.9 assists before the team shut him down in the hopes that he would be healed up for the following season. However, with the Rockets looking to the future, he and the team eventually agreed that he would sit out the 2021-22 season as Houston tried to trade him. The team was unable to find a trade partner for the 31-year-old with a massive salary and long history of injuries.

Still, the five-time All-Star has a lot to offer to an NBA team, especially a contender looking to fill out their roster with a missing piece. So it will be interesting to see how his decision to exercise that option impacts his trade potential.

In the meantime, the NBA world had some strong reactions to the news.


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