Bradley Beal isn’t the only player bothering John Wall. James Harden – who’s earning a lot of money from the Rockets and adidas – is drawing the ire of the Wizards point guard. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: One league source familiar with Wall’s state of mind simply put it this way: “Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him.” A front office executive tells The Ringer that Wall was “rankled” after Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets. O’Connor also pointed out this line from Nick DePaula of Yahoo Sports on Wall rejected adidas’ offer: “He wanted Harden money,” a source told The Vertical. I wonder how Wall feels about
I can see the questions on Twitter/in the comments already so let me save you some time. Because it’s summer. Because it’s Drake (he’s a celebrity and an NBA hanger-on with some quasi-official position with the Raptors). Because Stephen Curry did it, too. Because what other hoops are you watching on a late August afternoon? And besides, you clicked on it. You know you want to see it. So here it is, Drake, hitting a halfcourt shot while doing a sit up. Enjoy.
The Utah Jazz barely missed the playoffs last season, but virtually no team in the middle tier of the league is as universally adored for their direction. In the non-Warriors category, it’s hard to argue that very many teams had better offseasons than the Jazz when it comes to filling holes on their roster without giving up any core pieces. Utah’s weakest position last season was point guard — with Dante Exum out for the year rehabbing a torn ACL, things got so bad that a midseason trade for career backup Shelvin Mack was considered a major upgrade. This summer, they flipped a lottery pick they didn’t really want to Atlanta in a three-team deal that got them George Hill, as solid a starting-caliber point guard as would realistically be available for them.