In some more of the latest offseason news, John Wall and the Houston Rockets have agreed to a buyout, in which the team will pay him the rest of his salary and he will become a free agent. Wall has been a member of the Rockets since the 2020-21 season, but didn’t play at all during the 2021-22 season, as the team hoped to find a trade for him. With a young core featuring Jalen Green, the third overall pick Jabari Smith Jr, late first round pick TyTy Washington, Kevin Porter Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Kenyon Martin Jr, Wendell Moore, and Jae’Sean Tate, it doesn’t make much sense for veterans like Wall to remain on the team (free Eric Gordon!).
Wall agreed to take $6.5 million less then what his contract owed him in order to become a free agent, and it appears as though he will be signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, likely via the mid-level exception. The Clippers have been looking for a playmaker to team up with All-NBA forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, and Wall is their guy. When he last played for the Rockets, he averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists, and he has career averages of 19.1 points and 9.1 assists per game.
The Clippers need for a point guard has been clear, as there had been heavy rumors surrounding Kyrie Irving going to the franchise if he were to leave Brooklyn. However, Irving has opted into his $36.5 million player option, which is best for all parties. Irving will get what is likely the last big payday of his career (unless he proves to be consistent during the 2022-23 season), and the Clippers get a point guard on a much cheaper contract. Unless injuries be-riddle him once again, Wall will be more reliable for the Clippers, and they will still have the ability to make moves in the offseason. I can’t wait to see Wall on the court again; he’ll be playing with the best teammates of his career, and he still has a few good seasons left in him at 31.
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