Massive Agreement Costs Former NBA All-Star $6.5 Million as Los Angeles Prepares to Welcome Its Next Big 3 After LeBron, Westbrook and AD

Published 06/28/2022, 9:00 PM EDT

With the NBA season officially over, all the attention has gravitated towards the off-season. And the city of Los Angeles has been a hot destination. It started with the Los Angeles Lakers and the entire Kyrie Irving saga. Likewise, their rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers had to hit back. So, new hot free agent John Wall is making the rounds as he is all set to form a ‘Big 3’ with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in LA.

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John Wall was once the most dynamic point guard in the NBA. Starting with the Washington Wizards, he was a staple All-Star. Making the team five times in a row, things were only looking like going up. However, as has happened in several careers, injuries plagued Wall’s path. Ever since things have not been the same. Wall has played just 40 games in the last three seasons and been a bench warmer with the Houston Rockets. But it looks like things are about to change.

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The second highest-paid player in the league is ready to take his talents to the city of Los Angeles. And the five-time All-Star let go of $6.5 million to do so.

John Wall set for his NBA return

Wall made an impressive mark in Houston during his first season. While he did play just 40 games, he averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists. But in the way of the good came the injuries. Hamstring, Achilles, knee, and all kinds of injuries came in his way. The next season, Wall spent his time on the bench.

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In 2022, the former number one pick and the Rockets reached an agreement to search for a trade. Now, getting into the last season of his trade, John Wall was due $47 million from the Rockets. But the dynamic guard wants to step back in.

Wall went out of his way and secured a buyout with Houston to become a free agent. He had to give up a whopping $6.5 million of his $47.4 million salary for the season to reach the agreement. It didn’t take long for the interest to flow in. Wall is all set to dawn the Los Angeles Clippers jersey net season and makes his emphatic return on the NBA court.

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will have Wall become their third star. The LA team had an impressive season without the Klaw for the entire season. And now with two of the great perimeter defenders and Wall’s offensive boost, the Los Angeles Lakers may not be the top team in the city anymore. However, a huge concern for the Clipper is how will Wall shape up.

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Now 31, Wall isn’t the same player he was in his prime. It will be a challenge to find his fit with the Clippers after so much time off. While the former All-Star may be working out in the dark, all will be revealed during the NBA season.

Do you think the entry of John Wall makes the Clippers better than the Lakers? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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