Los Angeles Clippers veteran point guard John Wall recently talked about his brief tenure with the Houston Rockets, and he accused the franchise of tanking for higher draft picks.
During the 2020-21 season, Wall was coming off a ruptured Achilles that caused him to miss the previous year. While the five-time All-Star was doing his best to compete, he felt like the Rockets weren't putting a winning roster on the floor.
Houston could have been motivated to earn a high draft pick because the Oklahoma City Thunder owned the rights to swap first-round picks with the Rockets if Houston didn't finish in the top four of the draft lottery. The Rockets finished with a 17-55 record and earned the No. 2 pick, which they used to select shooting guard Jalen Green.
Wall played 40 games and averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists. It was mutually decided that the 32-year-old would sit out last season after he and the Rockets couldn't come to an agreement on his playing time. The sides agreed to a buyout in June, and Wall signed with the Clippers the next month.
This season, the Rockets have the worst record in the NBA at 10-34. Wall said he feels the team's young players aren't developing properly amid Houston's rebuild. He specifically named Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Kenyon Martin Jr. as players he advised in the past.
"'The s--t y'all getting away with over here, you go to any other teams, you'd be out of the f--king league,'" he said he told them. "'You wouldn't play. You wouldn't play.' So, I'm trying to explain that to them because they think it's sweet."