We are deep into free agency now and all the big deals have been signed and sealed with only the scraps left to be picked up.
The money being thrown around in new deals is astronomical, with somewhere close to two billion dollars spent on new contracts.
Apparently some people aren't too happy with that. And no, it's not owners and accountants, but John Wall of the Washington Wizards. The point guard was interviewed yesterday and sounded off on all the new money in the league.
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Two years ago, Wall signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension to stay in Washington. It was the max he could sign for, and as the Wizards’ franchise player and one of the league’s best point guards, he was completely deserving of the money.
However, since then, the league’s new TV deal has caused an influx of money in to the league and an increase in the salary cap which has seen lesser players get bigger contracts. Wall is now annoyed that he is not earning what he should be, at the current market rate.
“People talk about me getting $80 million, now you got people getting $85 million that haven’t made the All-Star (Game) or anything like that,” Wall said on Tuesday, according to a report from CSN Washington.
Wall then went on to slay Reggie Jackson, the Detroit Pistons point guard who has only been a starter in the league for half a season before being given a max deal by Stan Van Gundy.
“I guess they came in at the right time. That new CBA kicked in and they’re good now. Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 million. I’m getting the same as Reggie Jackson.”
Wall is a two-time All-Star and the cornerstone of the Wizards franchise who they selected with a first overall pick in 2010. Jackson was a 24th overall pick out of Boston College who has spent time in the D-League before being part of a three-team deal that saw him end up in Detroit.