In an article previewing the NBA season, David Aldridge of The Athletic speculated that John Wall could join the Heat after negotiating a buyout with the Rockets.
Aldridge on potential Miami-John Wall move: “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.”(@davidaldridgedc) pic.twitter.com/9HaWALsD98— Vice City Alerts (@ViceCityAlerts) October 19, 2021
Back in 2017, Wall agreed to a four-year, $170 million contract extension with the Washington Wizards. In the four seasons since, he’s played 41, 32, 0 and 40 games, respectively. Last month, both the Rockets and Wall agreed that the five-time All-Star won’t play as the two sides work together on a resolution.
Wall has a $47,366,760 player option for the 2022-23 season — which he’d have to forego if he agreed to a buyout. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said that his contract is close to untradeable.
Let’s assume for a moment Wall and the Rockets agree to a buyout. Would joining the Heat even make sense?
Miami has already invested in Kyle Lowry, giving him a three-year contract. In both Miami’s preseason finale and season opener, Erik Spoelstra only used Tyler Herro and Max Strus off the bench in regular rotation roles. Gabe Vincent played only once those games were decided.
And then there’s Victor Oladipo, who will likely take Strus’ role once he returns. He took some shots prior to Miami’s season opener Thursday night, a good sign.
Victor Oladipo on the court pic.twitter.com/uHTBRNVW5O— Five Reasons Sports (@5ReasonsSports) October 21, 2021
Yes, Pat Riley said that the Heat may add a 15th player. But if there’s a spot to fill on this roster, it’s not a point guard. It would be a forward who can shoot 3s at a higher rate than Markieff Morris. (Unfortunately, KZ Okpala hasn’t panned out, and who knows if Omer Yurtseven will get more than garbage time this year.)