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In Rockets trade with Wizards, Wall’s health will be questioned in first action since 2018 season

Wall suffered torn Achilles in 2018

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall works out prior to an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Washington. The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick. Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night, Dec. 2., 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall works out prior to an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Washington. The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick. Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night, Dec. 2., 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets on Wednesday announced a major move when they traded Russell Westbrook and acquired guard John Wall and a future first-round pick from Washington.

Wall returns to the NBA after suffering a torn Achilles during the 2018 season. He sat out 2019 and opted out of this past season.

Wall, 6-4, was originally the first overall pick by Washington in the 2010 NBA Draft. In 573 career games with 561 starts for the Wizards, he averaged 19 points, 9.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals. Wall joins Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with career averages of at least 19 ppg, 9 apg, and 4 rpg.

Over the past six seasons, Wall is the only player in the league to have averaged at least 20 ppg and 10 apg. The five-time All-Star ranks sixth in NBA history in assists per game and is second to Chris Paul among active players.

Wall earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 2016-17 and was named All-Defensive Second Team in 2014-15. He led the league in total steals (157) in 2016-17 and has ranked top-10 in that category four times.

During his lone season at Kentucky in 2009-10, Wall was teammates with recently signed Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins. The Wildcats posted a 35-3 mark and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.