As if there wasn’t already a dark cloud over Philadelphia, another rumor has come forward connecting the Sixers to a deal for Rockets point guard John Wall.
According to Evan Dammarell of Fear The Sword and Locked on Cavs, the Houston Rockets are apparently interested in acquiring Ben Simmons from the Sixers. Should that be the case, John Wall would potentially be heading back to the Sixers in the deal.
The key here is the one-sided nature of the rumor. According to Dammarell’s sources, the Rockets are interested in the potential switch, which should shock no one. It would be like saying the Cavaliers are interested in swapping Simmons for Kevin Love or the Celtics for Al Horford.
Dammarell’s sources are surely correct in this information; the question is, though, what does this matter? Sure the Rockets could be interested in that. Still, unless Wall is packaged with five-plus first-round picks, there’s no reality where Daryl Morey decides this is in the best interest of his team.
Morey has asked the world so far, with the most recent rumor suggesting that he is looking for a top 5-10 player in the entire NBA. John Wall is certainly nowhere near that at this point in his career. While a healthy Wall could provide some value to the Sixers, the odds of him being and staying healthy are not encouraging.
Beyond that, Wall is still attached to his contract with two years and over $90 million remaining. If Wall were to somehow be bought out, perhaps there’s a future for him in Philadelphia. However, barring a King’s ransom being attached to him, a swap of John Wall for Ben Simmons frankly doesn’t deserve any more conversation.