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John Wall Played Just 40 Games And Made $123.9 Million Thanks To The $171 Million Contract He Signed In 2019

John Wall Played Just 40 Games And Made $123.9 Million Thanks To The $171 Million Contract He Signed In 2019

John Wall has been a topic of conversation lately after the Houston Rockets bought out the last year of his contract, allowing him to seemingly move towards joining the Los Angeles Clippers. Considering that Wall has barely been able to play over the last 3 seasons, it's easy to forget that he is one of the NBA's highest-paid players in that time. 

John Wall signed a deal in 2019 worth $171 million over 4 years but at that point, the Wizards didn't know how bad his injury troubles would end up being. After moving him to the Rockets for Westbrook, Wall played a few games in the 2020-21 season but after Houston made it clear that they want to rebuild and tank, he sat out part of that season and the entirety of the 2021-22 season. 

This means that over the last 3 seasons, Wall has played in just 40 games, and in that time, he has earned $123.9 million, and he is owed another $40.9 million for the coming season outside of any potential deal from the Clippers. 

"Breaking down John Wall’s 4-year, $171 million contract he signed in 2019 

Year 1: 0 games played, $38.3 mil
Year 2: 40 games played, $41.3 mil
Year 3: 0 games played, $44.3 mil
Year 4: 0 games played, ~$40.9 mil ($6.5 mil returned for buyout)

First ballot business Hall of Famer."

Wall didn't play a single game in the 2019-20 season or the 2021-22 season, which although not his fault, is staggering to consider seeing as he made more than $80 million for those two seasons combined. His 40 games all came in the 2020-21 season, and when that amount is added, it becomes $123.9 million having played just 40 times in 3 seasons. 

While the money is amazing, Wall is too good a player to be content with living this way. The former All-Star will want to prove that he can still play at a very high level and the opportunity to be with a team that will let him play will be an enticing one. Most NBA fans are cautiously excited to see him on the Clippers, and even Paul George seems to be intrigued by the idea