Wall will be an unrestricted sneaker free agent this summer, after the season concludes. The adidas “match clause” will have expired, and Wall will be free to sign with any brand of his liking. Unsurprisingly, Wall has been spotted literally never in adidas off-court this fall, even wearing Retro Jordans from time to time, and practicing in Kobe Xs. Tonight, for the first time, he wore the Nike Kobe X on court in a game, apparently citing “footwear issues” with his JWall 2 signature shoe. “My main focus is just play basketball,” Wall said when asked by the Washington Post after shoot-around earlier this month. “I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk.”
February 21, 2017 | 1:28 am EST Update
Cleveland general manager David Griffin and his staff searched for trades to fit in the $4.4 million exception created last season by dealing Anderson Varejao, but couldn’t get anything done in time. There was also a $947,000 exception from trading Jared Cunningham to Orlando. Both expired at midnight.
Varejao, the popular former Cavs big man waived by the Warriors, is now eligible to return to Cleveland’s roster as a free agent. Because the Cavs traded him last February, league rules prevent him from rejoining the team for a But don’t expect the Cavs to sign anyone until after the trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Carmichael Dave: My friend (DeMarcus Cousins) got transferred to another city because of his job. He had some things to say. Rough to watch.