The Houston Rockets expect guard John Wall to be out of action for the remainder of the season with a Grade 2 thigh strain, sources told ESPN.
The typical recovery time for such an injury is about three weeks and the Rockets have no intention of rushing Wall’s return with the team eliminated from the fight for a playoff berth.
Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists, hitting 40.4 percent of his shots in 40 games this season with a 15-46 Rockets, the worst in the NBA, in the first year of a rebuilding project after yield in a trade to James Harden.
Wall, who has five trips to the All-Star Game, had missed the previous season and a half with heel and Achilles injuries. In the current season he lost several games due to a swelling in his left knee, a problem that, sources indicated, could require arthroscopic surgery in the offseason.
The Rockets acquired Wall and a future protected first-round pick by Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Washington Wizards just before the start of training camp.
Wall, 30, is owed $ 91.7 million from his maxed contract for the next two seasons. “