- John Wall being paid not to play is a concerning issue, says NBA commissioner Adam Silver
- Author Roland Lazenby thinks Wall just needs to find the right team he can fit into
- Wall’s injury history and huge salary are big hurdles in finding him a new NBA team
John Wall will likely miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season without either team agreeing to a deal with the Houston Rockets.
Unless the Rockets change their minds and allow the five-time All-Star to dress up, Wall may have no choice but to wait until the offseason to possibly see where he will continue his interrupted career. in the NBA.
Sports journalist and biographer of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, Roland Lazenby, recently weighed in on what the future holds for the 2014 BNA Slam Dunk champion during an interview with journalist Brian Yalung on the “Sports Bytes PH” podcast on February 13.
Lazenby said he thinks finding a new home on Wall will be difficult because of the huge contract that comes with it. The 31-year-old is in the third season of a four-year, $171.1 million contract.
“Big contract, it’s hard to put these guys in there. They’re great players, great skills. But it’s hard to take these players who are traded because teams have to take their contracts off the books and put them with a young team, it’s a tough mix. You always have to have someone who can stand up to people,” Lazenby explained.
The 70-year-old author added that NBA teams may be wary of Wall due to his injury history. Therefore, he believes that for Wall to continue his hoop career, he needs to find the right context with the right team.
“There are assignments there, the circumstance more than the person. And he was injured and is coming back from injury. But I hesitate to include it in this group. The circumstances are there with the trade to a weaker team…all those things, I don’t know. I always say this, if a player finds the right context with the right teammates, and it’s a five-a-side game… if you can find that right context, then the problems can go away,” Lazenby said.
The “Mad Game, The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant” continued, “So my hope for John Wall is that before his career ends, he finds that right context.”
Wall will receive his salary even if he doesn’t play, and for NBA commissioner Adam Silver, the player’s mutual non-playing agreement with the Rockets is an issue.
“I think it’s a problem when players get paid not to play. In some cases it’s by mutual agreement with the team. Maybe the team is in a rebuilding situation that focuses on certain players. It feels like (a) veteran player doesn’t fit in for whatever reason with the culture they’re trying to create,” Silver told reporters.
He continued: “It’s a hard line here because if it’s really by mutual agreement, I’m not sure the league office should interfere. On the other hand… you have a hard cap overall, basically, where 50% in our is paid to the players. For every dollar that goes to a player who isn’t producing on the field, that’s one less dollar that goes to a player who is performing. That shouldn’t be ideal for players or for teams.
Wall had been at the center of NBA rumors, but no deal was reached during the recent trade window. However, several teams are expected to clean up this summer and consider bringing in the No. 1 pick of the 2010 NBA draft.
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