John Wall said goodbye to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, a day after the Wizards traded him to the Houston Rockets along with a future No. 1 draft pick for former league MVP Russell Westbrook.
In a letter posted to social media, Wall thanked the people of the city where he has played all nine seasons of his NBA career. The Wizards drafted the Kentucky point guard with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 draft.
"Dear DC," his note began. "Where do I even begin? Ten years is a long time to think back on. I came to DC as a skinny 19 year old with big dreams and goals. You embraced me and my family with open arms. You rocked with me from day 1 until now.
"From a young rookie to an All-Star, I did my best to make you proud."
He concluded: "I may not wear the jersey anymore but I will never forget what it meant to represent for y'all. This isn't the way. I though I would say goodbye to this city, so I won't.... I will say THANK YOU!"
Wall, a five-time All-Star, hasn't played in a game since December 2018 due to injuries. He missed the entire 2019-20 season because of a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
The Achilles injury occurred in at accident at home in February 2019 while he was recovering from left heel surgery.
Keeping Wall healthy has been a chore in recent seasons as he also has endured two surgeries on his left knee and one on his right knee since the end of the 2015-16 season.
Wall has career averages of 19 points, 9.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 573 contests (561 starts).
Now 30, he is Washington's all-time leader in steals (976) and assists (5,282) and ranks fourth in points (10,879).
--Field Level Media