The Los Angeles Clippers were aiming high once they signed Kawhi Leonard and acquired Paul George via trade in 2019. However, since that eventful offseason, the team only managed to reach to the conference finals once and has been plagued by the injury bug.

Leonard missed a portion of the 2021 playoffs and sit out the entire 2021-22 NBA season with a partial ACL tear. George only played 50 games or more in a season one time since joining the team.

After missing the playoffs, the Clippers are eager to compete for a championship with their players potentially healthy again. Because of that, the team made sure to bring back some of its key players and even gave a chance to a former All-Star.

With that said, here are the grades for the Clippers’ most notable free agent deals so far.

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Los Angeles Clippers 2022 NBA Free Agency Grades

John Wall’s 2-year, $13.2 million contract — Grade: A

Los Angeles acted quickly when John Wall and the Houston Rockets agreed on a buyout. The Clippers signed the point guard to a two-year, $13.2 million deal, and provided some competition for Reggie Jackson in the backcourt.

When healthy, Wall has proved he can be a cornerstone to a playoff team. His career averages are 19.1 points, 9.1 assists, and 4.3 rebounds, while also logging 1.7 steals per night. The veteran is also a five-time All-Star, a one-time All-NBA player, and a one-time All-Defensive team selectee.

The big question surrounding Wall is whether or not he can return to the form he displayed with the Washington Wizards. Since signing a max deal with the team in the summer of 2017, injuries have derailed his career. Wall played in 41+ games just once after his contract extension, and appeared in just 40 games for the Rockets after being traded to Houston, before sitting out last year entirely.

Should he still show flashes of his past self, Wall could have a very important impact on both ends of the floor. If not, the deal reportedly has a team option for the second year, according to HoopsHype. With this team option, this becomes a very low-risk, high-reward deal for the Clippers.

Los Angeles will have one year to evaluate the former No. 1 overall pick, and with the way the contract was signed before making the decision on extending his stay for another season.

ivica zubac’s 3-year, $33 million contract — Grade: A+

Perhaps one of the most underrated centers in the NBA, Ivica Zubac signed a three-year, $33 million deal to return to the Clippers. And like Zubac himself, this deal seems underrated when looking at his production with the team.

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The big man averaged 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 76 games, all career-bests, while also shooting 62.6% from the field.

With the team letting Isaiah Hartenstein sign with the New York Knicks, Zubac’s role should be even bigger this upcoming season. As of now, he is the only true big man on a guaranteed contract with the team, so the Clippers should be expecting an increased impact on the court from the Croatian center, but with this deal, it could be one of the steals of the 2022 offseason. This was an important move for the Clippers, and they absolutely nailed it.

nicolas batum’s 2-year, $22 million contract — Grade: B-

Another player returning to Los Angeles is Nicolas Batum on a two-year, $22 million deal. The Frenchman averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 boards while shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

Batum will be entering his third year with the team, which could be helpful since he is already familiar with the system, as well as being a veteran voice in the locker room.

One worry, however, is that the contract is fully guaranteed. Batum is not the same player he was in Portland and, at the age of 33, it is likely his production will decline in the next few years. Re-signing him to this deal could mean taking away minutes from young players such as Terance Mann, so fans will have to wait to see how the coaching staff manages the rotation.

Robert Covington’s 2-year, $24 million contract– Grade: A-

The Clippers were able to acquire Robert Covington via trade from the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds on 50-45-84 splits. More importantly, he averaged over a steal and block a night, showing he still has the qualities that made him an All-Defensive player.

With Leonard back, Covington’s biggest impact should be on the defensive end. At 6-foot-7, he could also serve as a small ball center.

For only $12 million a year, the Clippers were able to keep one of the most solid defenders available, which combined with Leonard and Paul, could be a nightmare to opponents. Retaining Covington was a great move for the Clippers, and one which could prove valuable if the injury bug returns.

Amir Coffey’s 3-year, $11 million deal — Grade: A-

Los Angeles also managed to bring back Amir Coffey on a three-year, $11 million contract. He averaged 9.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 45-38-86 shooting splits, serving as a valuable bench piece for the team, and an occasional starter.

Re-signing the guard was a very low investment that could help the team in the long term. A member of the Clippers for the past three years, Coffey already knows the system and understands his role within the franchise. With Leonard coming back and Norman Powell, too, his role should decrease but Coffey should be able to step up if needed.

Overall, the Clippers made key signings that could help the team that is in a win-now mode. After years of struggling with injuries and other setbacks, the team is ready with a fully healthy roster and is poised to make a deep playoff run.