Report: John Wall expected to miss Rockets debut


John Wall may have to wait a bit longer to make his long-awaited return to an NBA basketball court. 

Wall, along with DeMarcus Cousins and "possibly more" Rockets players, are expected to miss the team's season opener due to coronavirus contact tracing protocols, per The Athletic's Shams Charania

Wall tested negative for COVID-19, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but was sent home because of a positive test from another teammate. The teammate who tested positive is being tested again to confirm the results.

The Rockets are scheduled to tip-off their season at 8 p.m. ET against the Oklahoma Thunder on Wednesday night, though whether the game will be canceled due to recent developments is unknown. 

This news came shortly after James Harden confirmed to have violated the league's COVID-19 protocols by attending an event without a mask. The Rockets and the NBA were investigating whether they could verify a video of Harden at the party. Those who fail to comply with the NBA's COVID-19 protocols are subject to fines and/or suspension. 

However, these particular issues facing the team are not tied to Harden's recent actions, per The Athletic's Sam Amick. Tim McMahon reported earlier on Wednesday that Harden had contracted COVID-19 before the league's restart but is still required to follow the league's protocols.


Wall, who was just traded to Houston at the beginning of training camp, had been anticipating his return to the NBA for quite some time. He hasn't played in a regular season game since December 26, 2018, missing the last year-plus recovery from Achilles surgery. 

The Rockets' next scheduled game is Saturday against the Trail Blazers, which would mark the two-year anniversary of Wall's last appearance on the floor.