Hello Smash fans, and welcome back to this week’s installment. Today I want to talk about some news that just broke of the Rockets agreeing to either trade or buy out John Wall. So we are going to talk about three of what I think could be the most likely trades for John Wall and how that could change the NBA landscape moving forward.
Trade 1: Ben Simmons for John Wall
Now, this trade would include Ben Simmons, John Wall, Danny Green, and Danuel House. I think most people can agree that Ben Simmons is probably still a slightly better player than John Wall. However, defense is not the problem that the 76ers have. The problem is fit, and this helps to solve that. John Wall is not the greatest three-point shooter in the world but he is an okay three point shooter. Additionally, he can run the pick and roll with Joel Embiid at a much higher efficiency than what Ben Simmons can. Furthermore, the overall spacing on that team is just going to be much better with John Wall versus Ben Simmons. On the other side, you have a player in Ben Simmons who, if he accepts the correct role, could become a better version of what Draymond Green was in his prime. This also gives Houston two building blocks for the future with Ben Simmons and Jalen Green who both fit much better together than Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. This also makes the contract for both teams manageable as you get two years to see if the player fits what you are trying to do and then you can move on if it doesn’t work out. Overall, I think this is a good trade for both sides and I believe it’s one that can definitely happen.
Trade 2: Clippers get a third star
This trade would include John Wall for Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow, Luke Kennard, Terance Mann, and a 2027 first round pick. For the Rockets, this trade is really dependent on how much they like Terance Mann. If they think what they saw in the playoffs is an indication of what he could become, then they probably pull the trigger on this trade. On the other hand, if they don’t really like Terance Mann that much, then they’re probably not gonna do this trade. On the Clippers side, I think this is a done deal because they already have a lot of talent at the wing position as it is, and this allows Paul George to slide to the three and Kawai to slide to the four, and I think that’s where their two best positions are. Additionally, I think Reggie Jackson is more of a shooting guard than a point guard and this allows them to play their three best players minus John Wall at their prime positions.
Trade 3: Porzingis gets a fresh start
This trade would be Kristaps Porzingis, Sterling Brown, and Tyrell Terry for John Wall. Now, I think for the Mavericks this isn’t really the greatest trade because Luka and John Wall occupy a lot of the same space. However, if they wanted to try to change things up and run a different look, then I think this is the way they can go. Porzingis by himself is enough for them to get John Wall, they just have to throw in a couple salary fillers as shown by the trade above. Additionally, this trade gives them a new look and allows them to get off the money a little sooner. On the other side, this trade is contingent on whether or not The Rockets think Porzingis can get back to 80% of what he was in a Knicks’ jersey. Because if that’s the case, this is a no-brainer. They get a young corner piece who can play the four or the five with your other young corner piece of Jalen Green and I think this will help them start a pretty decent rebuild for the future.
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