As expected, former five-time All-Star John Wall has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers following a buyout from the Houston Rockets.
Earlier this week, the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft exercised his option in the final year of a 4-year, $171 million dollar contract he signed in 2019 with the Washington Wizards. The decision was unsurprising since Wall — a player that has missed all but 40 games over the last three years — was set to make an astounding $47.4 million next season.
However, when Wall opted into the contract, reports also indicated that he and his then-team the Houston Rockets were expected to work on a buyout so the 12-year veteran can play for a winning team, and they could continue their rebuild around a younger-core of talent.
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On Monday, the two sides agreed to a deal that slashed $7 million off his pay for the upcoming season, and Wall was allowed to hit free agency. While several teams were reportedly interested in him, the Clippers were expected to be his landing spot.
On Friday, that move to LA became official when his management team, Klutch Sports Group, announced the news on Twitter. The agency’s post revealed that the 31-year-old had agreed to the 2-year deal worth as much as $13.2 million.
Wall has missed much of the last few seasons battling through recovery for a torn Achilles tendon, then an infection following the surgery. If healthy, Wall should be an upgrade at point guard and push Reggie Jackson to the bench where he is far better suited.
The Clippers finished with a disappointing 42-40 record in 2021-2022. However, superstar Kawhi Leonard sat out the entire season while fellow All-Star Paul George also missed much of the year. In 2022-2023, the team is an early betting favorite to contend for an NBA title.