It’s time for another edition of our Trade Rumor Rankings series, where we take the five players who have appeared the most often on our Trade Rumors Page over the past week and rank them.
There are even two new inclusions on the list this week in Jaylen Brown and John Wall to spice things up a bit.
Without further ado, let’s get right into it.
John Wall (Houston)
After a lot of silence regarding John Wall’s immediate future with the Houston Rockets, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the quiet by reporting this week that it’s likely Wall sits out the entire season due to his contract (via Hoops Rumors).
John Wall isn’t expected to play for the Rockets this season and it doesn’t appear any teams are willing to gamble on his contract, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on tonight’s “NBA Countdown.” (Hat tip to Doric Sam of Bleacher Report) “There are no plans for John Wall to play for the Rockets, and it’s becoming increasingly likely that John Wall may not play anywhere in the NBA this season because the cost of his contract right now is just too prohibitive,” Wojnarowski said.
Wall is owed $44.3 million this season and $47.4 million next year, which projects him as the second-highest-paid player in basketball for 2022-23, per our database.
Perhaps next season a team will be willing to take a gamble on Wall when he’s on an expiring deal, but it’s nearly impossible to see that happening in 2021-22.
Jaylen Brown (Boston)
After rumors attached Jaylen Brown to the Philadelphia 76ers, that scuttle was refuted twice this week, once by a local reporter in Boston and then again by Brad Stevens himself.
First came the report from Brian Robb of Booth Newspapers, who wrote.
Multiple league sources were adamant to MassLive.com that the Celtics have no interest in moving the All-Star Brown in the interim, particularly with him under team control for two more seasons at a below-market deal. 76ers general manager Daryl Morey has always aimed high in trade negotiations throughout his career but this is posturing will likely go nowhere given what’s happened to Simmons’ trade value over the past several months in the midst of his holdout.