Clippers' John Wall reportedly looking sharp in offseason workouts
Considering he’ll be 32 years old by the time the 2022-23 NBA season begins, it’s reasonable to wonder what John Wall can bring still to the table.
The former Kentucky Wildcat recently signed a two-year, $13.2 million deal with the LA Clippers after the Houston Rockets bought out the final year of his contract, which netted the former Kentucky Wildcat $47.4 million. Wall has played sparingly over the last five seasons, even sitting out the entirety of the ’19-20 and ’21-22 seasons for various reasons. Terribly timed injuries have prevented him from looking like his old All-Star self, although he did sat sit all of last season despite being cleared to play.
But there might still be something left in the tank for Wall, who figures to play an important role in the backcourt for a Clippers franchise that will have championship aspirations this season. According to NBA insider Marc Stein’s newsletter, Wall has “looked sharp in offseason workouts and appears poised to be a contributor” for his new team.
“Speaking of Wall: I’m told by a spy or two who has seen him working out in Miami that the former All-Star guard, who sat out all of last season until the Rockets finally came to terms with him a buyout in July, has looked sharp in offseason workouts and appears poised to be a contributor for the Clippers.”Marc Stein
Although it’s been roughly 16 months since Wall has seen an NBA court, playing alongside the likes of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George should help him slide into a comfortable role with the Clippers.
“I don’t have to do it every night, I don’t have to be Batman every night for us to win,” Wall said at Las Vegas Summer League, according to ESPN. “That’s the ultimate goal for me is [at] this part of my career, I don’t want to have to be the Batman every night to try to win. On our team that we have, I think anyone can be Batman.”
Throughout his 10-year professional career, Wall has averaged 19.1 points, 9.1 assists, and 4.3 rebounds while making five consecutive All-Star teams from 2013-2018, all with the Washington Wizards. The aforementioned injuries have curbed his playing time over the last five seasons, but the one-time ‘Cat is fully healthy and ready to make a comeback.
Can we get this version of John Wall back this season, please?