RUMOR: Clippers showed ‘genuine interest’ in John Wall trade earlier in season
Houston Rockets star John Wall is still sidelined as the organization continues to look for a potential trade partner for him. However, with his massive contract, that has been tough. Earlier in the campaign though, it appears the Los Angeles Clippers showed genuine interest in making a move for Wall.
“The reality is that with two seasons remaining on his contract (and 2022-23 being a player option for more than $47 million), the pickings are slim. Houston has recently received calls from a handful of teams about potentially acquiring Wall, sources tell The Athletic, but due to the aforementioned contract constraints, rival teams continue to simply monitor the situation. One such team that had expressed genuine interest earlier in the season was the LA Clippers, sources say, but there is some confusion from an outsider’s perspective on the Clippers’ objectives heading into the deadline.”
There were reports recently that the Clippers would be willing to blow it up at the trade deadline since both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are injured and probably not going to play again this season if LA keeps losing. Wall would’ve been an interesting play for this team, however, giving them another veteran presence and reliable scoring and playmaking.
At this point though, it feels unlikely the Clippers would trade for Wall, especially because he’s owed $91 million across the next two seasons, assuming he accepts a player option of $47 million in 2022/23. Nevertheless, it’s still an intriguing storyline to keep an eye on as the February 10th deadline quickly nears.