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John Wall wasn't happy with how the Wizards handled his trade to Houston

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Despite the injuries the Houston Rockets face, John Wall made a trip back to D.C. to face a familiar team, the Washington Wizards. The Wizards' organization told John that they would not trade him but that clearly changed when Wall was traded for Russell Westbrook. Wall couldn't play basketball for two years because of an Achilles and ACL injury. Although Wall was seen throwing up gang signs, he apologized to the Wizards' organization for his actions.

"I called everybody and apologized about it. Nobody's perfect. We make mistakes," Wall said to Fred Katz of The Athletic. "The number one goal is, you didn't give me the opportunity for me and Brad to run it back, like y'all said we (would)," he said. "That was (my) and our ultimate goal. It was, 'OK, we're gonna give it one more shot.' If it's just one year or two years, we were gonna give it one more shot just to see. … And it's just crazy we never got to do that. I don't think they wanted to do that. I think they moved forward and did whatever they wanted, which is cool. But that was the most frustrating thing than anything. Like, to have an opportunity to run it back with my brother and playing with the guy, the level he's on now."

Bradley Beal loved the competition in Monday night's victory versus the Rockets. He had 37 points and is on a verge of becoming a starter in the All-Star game.

"I'm definitely looking forward to competing against him the rest of my career, as crazy as that may sound," Beal said.

In Wall's return, he had 29 points and 11 assists on 38% shooting. Wall was able to keep the Rockets in the first half, as they were down by three. He made a big play inside the 1st quarter, which was Wall's signature dunk. Wall is averaging 26.5 points per game and shooting 40% percent from the field against the Wizards. The Wizards' head coach Scott Brooks was impressed by Wall's performance. "He was special…He's an All-Star player," as Brooks said.

Wall is continuing to play through adversity because of injuries to the Rockets' roster. It honestly feels like Wall is playing with one hand behind his back. Wall's leadership skills have allowed him to stay composed and support his teammates. The Rockets just lost Ray Spalding to an apparent Achilles injury. Spalding was just called up from the G-League affiliation of the Rio Grande Vipers. The Rockets were missing Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, Victor Oladipo, and Christian Wood. Those guys were part of the Rockets win streak of six in a row.

Hopefully, Wall continues to progress through this season of injuries and COVID-19.

"Nobody's putting their heads down. Like I'm telling them every day, keep fighting, don't give up," as Wall said. "It's a bump in the road but always the next man up and just give ourselves a chance. All you can do is go out there and play hard."

Wall gave his all to the Wizards organization and still cares for the Washington D.C. community. Even though the Rockets lost, it was good to see the respect he had for that community.

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Johnson will return to the Texans. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Ian Rapoport is reporting that David Johnson will accept a pay cut and play with the Texans in 2021. Johnson is a reminder to many Texans fans of what they got in return for Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins, along with a couple of draft picks. Many fans would like to see the team go younger at the position, but Houston will bring Johnson back for at least one more season.

Personally, I think this decision has more to do with saving face and not wanting the DeAndre Hopkins trade to look like an even bigger disaster. Cutting Johnson after one season would have clearly made the trade look even worse. However, his $4.25 million deal isn't a terrible value, but I was hoping Houston would look to find a player with more upside and juice at the position.

But with the Texans' lack of draft capital, the team won't have to prioritize the position early in the draft or in free agency. Also, veteran RBs often have a tough time finding a team with many GMs looking to go with younger options that don't cost as much. Meaning, Johnson is better off taking less money and knowing that he won't have to look for another team at the age of 29.

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