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Report: John Wall joining Clippers after sacrificing $6.5M in Rockets buyout

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John Wall — despite not enjoying missing the Rockets last season — earned the last huge paycheck of his career by exercising his $47,366,760 player option with Houston the following season.

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Now he secures his way to a more coveted team, the Clippers, through a buyout.

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Tim McMahon from ESPN:

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Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN:

The Clippers could pay Wall to a mid-tier taxpayer that is projected to be worth around $6.5 million. His minimum salary is around $3 million and could be fine. But the MLE forecast matches the ransom amount too closely to predict that Wall will receive less.

Wall could start as a point guard in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old should be fresh after missing all of last season. He played well the previous season, but that was just relatively low expectations. Injuries undermined Wall’s career. He is far from the star he once was in the Wizards.

The Clippers just don’t have a lot of depth in point guard. Interestingly, the Wall will compete in minutes with Reggie Jackson. In 2015, Wall, whose maximum salaries have become obsolete as the salary cap has risen sharply under new national television deals, publicly lamented that he was being paid the same as Jackson.

Wall certainly took the lead with his super max extension from Washington. This deal locked him up in Houston longer than he wanted, but now Wall will get about all of his money. as well as get to choose your team.

The Rockets certainly combed the trading market before locking in a cap that would be an insurmountable hurdle worth over $40 million. But it is difficult to match such a high salary in trade. Lakers don’t trade first-round pick to get rid of him Russell Westbrook. Houston is probably better off with $6.5 million in savings than waiting for a February deadline for a viable deal that is unlikely to ever go through.

As for the interference aspect… No, free agency doesn’t open until Thursday. But Wall is not your typical free agent. He enters the market with a rejection, not the expiration of his contract. Teams negotiating a buyout with a player usually let the player study the market to determine its value and what they are willing to sacrifice. The NBA is unpredictable in forcing falsification. But Wall’s deal with the Clippers isn’t necessarily a violation.

Wall has also been linked with the Heat, Lakers, and Wizards. These teams will have to look elsewhere for point guards, probably with a little more respect for the official free rein.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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