John Wall will join the LA Clippers for the 2022-23 season
Ricky Gray | June 28, 2022
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Wall took $6.5m less to become a free agent allowing the Houston Rockets to buy him out of his contract.
The Houston Rockets have found a way to move John Wall to free agency during the offseason and the guard was quickly signed by the LA Clippers. This move cost the Rockets $6.5m less than if he had decided to stay.
In total, the Rockets had to pay John Wall just shy of $42m to take the deal. The good news is that it would seem that both the player and the organization are happy with the decision.
Last season, the Rockets told John Wall that they'd be resting him for most of the year as it would build his capital in the offseason. It worked well for Houston considering they were in the process of a rebuild and Wall doesn't fit into the new scheme.
Some believed that John Wall was injured during the season, but this helps set the record straight. With a 31-year-old healthy John Wall, the Clippers will receive some veteran guidance and a prolific scorer and distributor.
In 2021, Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games for the Rockets. Had Houston decided to go a different direction with the organization, Wall could've fit right in. However, they're focusing on getting younger and centering the team around Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
Now, Wall joins up with Kawhi Leonard, who missed the 2021-22 season. Leonard is regarded as one of the best players in the NBA when he's healthy. Paul George and Reggie Jackson are also both on the Clippers at the moment.
Depending on the role he'll play, Wall could be a great player coming off the bench. Even as a starter, the Clippers would technically have their "Big 3" with Wall, George, and Leonard.
We'll have to wait for the season to start to see how these players perform together, but the Clippers hope this will help them get back to their former championship-quality team.