The biggest adjustment right now for John Wall is that he would play for Tyronn Lue, along with Paul George, and for far less than the $47 million he was expected to make in 2022-23. The buyout market finally materialized for the Clippers, just much later than anyone expected when the team made a series of trades at the February deadline.
Wall has only come off the bench 12 times during his NBA career, and never since becoming an All-Star in the 2012-13 season. He had no intention of coming off the bench for a Houston Rockets team that was running at the bottom of the standings last season.
As a potential starter with the Clippers alongside Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris Sr. and a possibly re-signed Ivica Zubac, Wall would be a dynamic playmaker with the juice to pick up the pace. However, Wall may be a better fit for the second unit, with Reggie Jackson retaining a starting role. In this case, Wall could lead a group including Norman Powell, Terance Mann and Robert Covington.
Either way, Wall’s potential addition to the Clippers gives the Clippers the kind of star point guard the team hasn’t had since he traded Chris Paul five years ago, and at a price. limited that does not require a high salary or a plunging trade. in the exceptional depth of the team. It makes the wing a lot more crowded, and something will have to give there for a team that has minimized what it needs from the point guard position. But Wall is good enough, even though he’s so short on time, that the Clippers may feel like they’ve improved their roster and are a more complete team.
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