John Wall is reportedly set to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers after being acquired by the Houston Rockets. Can the Lakers arrange for his signing? John Wall and the Houston Rockets reached an agreement on a contract buyout on Monday, June 26, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. As a result, the guard is now an unrestricted free agent. Fans naturally speculated about where he would sign as a result, which produced some interesting news.
After a few minutes, the rumors did temporarily come to an end when ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that Wall intends to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers after clearing waivers.
That would surely disqualify Wall from being signed by the Lakers this offseason, right?
Is there any chance of the Lakers stealing John Wall away from the Clippers?
In a subsequent tweet, Wojnarowski stated that although Wall has received calls from other clubs looking to sign him in free agency, his preference is to sign with the Clippers. In order to find out where Wall will ultimately join for the 2022–23 season, they can only basically wait for him to clear waivers and for the confirmation report.
This offseason, the Lakers were linked to another well-known guard, Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving. Irving allegedly mentioned the Lakers as a potential destination in sign-and-trade negotiations. The Lakers were the only team Wojnarowski cited as wanting to pursue a deal, but the Nets had no interest in any of their offers.
Wall’s Salary Dilemma
According to Haynes, Wall exercised his $47.4 player option for the upcoming season and will remit $7 million in income. This past season, he didn’t play continuously.
Wall’s Last Season Stats
Wall averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc in his final season of record-keeping (2020–21).