John Wall had to explain himself to fans after NBA rumors circulated that the Washington Wizards point guard prefers money over the love of basketball. Other speculations also pointed to Wall having a rift with teammate Bradley Beal.
Wall posted a video on Twitter disputing the report that he is “watching other people’s pockets and I’m not worried about basketball and getting better,” as reported in previous days.
“I just wanted to clear the air for all these people,” Wall via The Uninterrupted on Twitter. “Listen, that doesn’t matter to me. If I produce like I’m supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I’m going to be fine with making money. That’s not why I play the game of basketball.”
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) August 26, 2016
Wall had to make the reply after some fans criticized him in his comments made earlier in the week.
Expectedly, Bradley and Wall are the two highest paid players in the Wizards roster but the former earns more as he signed a fresh contract extension in the 2016 offseason.
Bradley will be paid $127.2 million over the next five seasons while Wall is on the third year of the deal he signed in 2014 that pays him $84.7 million for five years.
Wall clarified that he is happy that Beal got his huge deal from the Wizards this summer.
“Me, talking about Bradley Beal [making] more money, I’m not mad. I’m happy. He’s my teammate. He came out at the right time when the contract money came up. I can’t control that,” Wall added.
In the previous interview, Wall called Beal a “sidekick” though he meant that both of them are the stars for the team. The point guard said they have to work together to find success for the Wizards for the upcoming NBA season.
Beal has been involved in NBA rumors of a trade because of the “rift” with Wall but both will be in the starting line-up in Washington when the season opens in October.
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