Von Wafer signed with the Italian club Venoli Cremona, as first reported by Alex Kennedy and confirmed by Chris Forsberg. The deal contains an opt out clause for Wafer to return to the NBA if and when the lockout ends this season.
Wafer reminds me of one of my teammates growing up. This kid was a space cadet, the team clown, a very talented player but also one who occasionally watched his man shoot an uncontested three, simply forgetting (I know, that sounds unfathomable) to contest the shot. This kid drank every weekend. He received more Ds than As in class. By most measures, he would probably be seen as a disappointment — he drank as a sophomore in high school, played to considerably less than his potential, and possessed a GPA lower than Vin Baker’s blood alcohol level. But considering where he came from (he transferred to my school after getting expelled from his previous school for fighting a teacher), when my team had our banquet at season’s end, our coach summed up this kid’s efforts in one sentence: “I could not be more proud of him.”
That’s how I feel about Wafer. I know, my expectations were low. Wafer didn’t perform well and he got into at least one spat that we know about. He came close, but never quite adjusted to playing defense and excelling in a bit role off the bench. His shot abandoned him. His decisions weren’t always perfect. He never earned Doc Rivers’ trust.
But I’m proud of him.