Last year, it was reported that John Wall and the Houston Rockets were working together to trade Wall to another NBA team. When the Rockets were unable to trade Wall, the team sat him for the entire 2021-22 season in order to not risk another injury.
Now that it’s the end of the season, things have accelerated and it appears Wall may finally be on the move. On Monday, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that Wall would secure a buyout from the Rockets while ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Wall intends to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers when he clears waivers. This taking place hours after it was reported that Wall would seek a trade or a buyout of the final year of his contract.
Five-time NBA All-Star John Wall will secure a buyout with the Houston Rockets and become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 28, 2022
Other teams are calling to pursue Wall in free agency, but his intention is to join the Clippers, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/6aSX4UfLBc
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2022
Wall can be a difference maker for the Clippers as long as he’s healthy but given his recent string of injuries, that’s easier said than done. In the 2018-19 season, Wall had a season ending heel injury which caused an infection and then while injured, tore his Achilles after falling in his home and missed the next season. In the 2020-21 season, Wall suffered a grade 2 hamstring strain and missed the rest of that season.
Since 2018, Wall has only played 72 games so while the Clippers will be getting a great player, they will be taking on a risk that he’ll remain healthy for them.