Ben Wallace has one more season on what will almost certainly be his last NBA contract, he is set to make nearly $2.3 million.
And that might not be enough to bring him back.
Wallace has reached the end of a frustrating season in Detroit — one where his game regressed and the team was in a constant state of turmoil, fighting with the coach — and he’s thinking about what’s next. He’ll turn 38 next season, does he want to go through the grind again? He told the Detroit News he’s got to think about it.
“That’s always been the case, the last couple of years,” said Wallace, 37. “When the season is over with, I’ll see how my body feels. See if I can get my strength back. If can help this team, maybe I’ll come back…
“I’d definitely like to honor (the contract),” Wallace said. “But I have to do what’s best for me as far as my body. My legs are feeling good. Let me run up and down the court a little bit, see if I need to do some more work or sit my butt down.”
The lockout may play into this. If a chunk of the season is missed and Wallace has to play a reduced number of games that might be enticing. The coaching situation and state of the franchise will play into it, too.
Wallace doesn’t need the money — he’s made more than $85 million in his career — this will really be a question of desire.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.