The NBA recently released their official offseason Power Rankings for the Western Conference, and the LA Clippers trailed only the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. Coming in at third in the West, the Clippers were highlighted for their shooting, versatility, and of course their two superstars. While there is not much of an argument as to why the Clippers should be the clear favorites over the defending champion Warriors, it is a bit puzzling to see them behind Phoenix.
It has been well over a full year since we last saw John Wall on the basketball court. This was during the 2020-21 campaign with the Houston Rockets before the five-time All-Star suffered another major injury that cost him the entirety of last season. Now with the Los Angeles Clippers, Wall is hoping to resurrect his career.
While Paul George is under contract with the LA Clippers until 2024, with a player option for the 2024-25 season, recent history has shown long-term contracts to mean nothing other than guaranteed money. With superstar players frequently forcing their way to other teams, even at the beginning of long-term deals, long-term contracts no longer guarantee long-term partnerships.