The time John Wall entered the NBA where he performed the Dougie as a Washington Wizard has left him out of the loop in free agency.
Wall is a 19.1 point per game career scorer who was well known for his explosiveness and speed as a point guard.
“Unfortunately, there’s a $92 million obstacle in the way of that happening. That’s what Wall is owed over this season and next (he’s making $44.3M this year and is 100 percent going to pick up his $47.4M player option for next season). Few teams have the ability, or interest, to take on that kind of salary, no less for a player who brings sub-All-Star impact with a bright-red-flag injury history. The simpler solution would be for Wall and the Rockets to agree on a contract-buyout number, but Wall has shown no interest in that. He wants his money. All of it. And so, absent a buyout or trade, Wall could be stuck on the sidelines for a while. On Wednesday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski called it “increasingly likely” that Wall won’t play at all this season,” per CBS Sports.
Teams can use Wall but with the guards already established providing quality performance, Wall’s health is always the question moving forward.
Another player such a Demarcus Cousins who was once a dominant force in the NBA is a free agent. Like Wall, Cousins is seen as a damaged good and teams are looking to add healthy players. This is the problem when you give out these Supermax contracts. You better be really sure the player you are signing is going to be ELITE for the entire period of the contract because if he falls off, then you are stuck paying a crazy amount of money to a player who you don’t even want on the team.
If I was the Rockets I would just play him, since you are already paying him.
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