"Plays for the foul"? Yeah, cos no other player in the history of basketball has ever done that. DJ has turned it into science, and will soon get his Doctorate. Have a look at some of the guards, especially the older imports, who lean so far in during a drive that they'd fall over if they didn't get contact.
And you can't seriously talk about his flopping when you have guys like Goulding, Sobey, AJ, and now Magden in the league.
Yeah, I dislike playing for the foul as much as anyone, but lets not pretend it's only one or two players.
As for his contribution, bizarre as it may sound, Perth are actually complying with the rules. (As do, I think, the 7 other clubs.)
That means you've got to have 5 players within the bench cap. And contrary to popular misconception, nobody in the NBL is playing for peanuts, and only a few of the lowest ranked rookies are on the minimum.
Yes, Vague was meant to be the next Wagstaff, but at this rate I'd be surprised if he's still there next season.
Yes, if Cotton naturalises, and Damo retires, I think they can afford another import (or a gun local if available) but where can they put that slot to best use? And then they still need to pull together 5 lesser paid guys, which is where Wagstaff offers value for money.
In any event, he's contracted for next season. If Damo retires they need to sort out their replacement strategy, Vague is probably gone, and Jook is looking shaky. There's no way they try to push Jesse out early.