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Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  86 responses

John Wall Nearing $80 Million Max Extension With Wizards


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Twenty-two-year-old star point guard John Wall has a pair of lofty goals heading into next season, his fourth in the NBA: to earn a max deal, and to push his Washington Wizards into the Playoffs.

The first one, according to reports, is almost complete.

The Wizards and Wall are said to be close to reaching a five-year, $80 million max extension.

Per the WaPo:

The Wizards and John Wall are closing in on a deal that will keep him in Washington through at least 2019. Wall and the Wizards are near an agreement on a maximum contract extension worth roughly $80 million over the next five years, according to multiple published reports. The Wizards began negotiations with Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, last week.

Both sides have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement to avoid letting Wall become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2014. By signing Wall to a five-year max deal, the Wizards would designate Wall as their franchise player and prohibit any other player from signing a similar deal within the organization. Wall, 22, has averaged 16.9 points and eight assists in three seasons since the Wizards made him the No. 1 overall selection of the 2010 NBA draft. He missed the first 33 games last season with a stress injury in his right knee but returned with a strong finish, averaging 18.5 points and 7.6 assists to lead the Wizards to a 24-25 record.

Last season, John Wall told the media that he would be “hurt” if he didn’t receive a max deal, and the Wizards appear determined to ensure his happiness.

As for making the Playoffs, Wall says that it’s a realistic goal, and he sees room for improvement in his own game:

“I’ve improved,” Wall said. “I got better as a player. I think my jump shot is better, my IQ is better and just learning the game and being a better leader. I feel like I’m the player I want to do be, but I still have a lot I want to do,” Wall said. “I could become a better passer, a better defender, I haven’t reached my potential yet. I’m taking it step by step. Sometimes it doesn’t come right away, but I just think, me having the right coaching staff and the right people around me, just helped me grow as a player.”

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  • i_ball

    The Wizards need to extend his contract if they have plans being relevant any time soon. And the first max deal a player can sign after a rookie contract is not the bad for the team 80 million for 5 years is acceptable (16 per year) especially for a future all star (if healthy)

  • spit hot fiyah

    for a franchise that is starving for success. they really don’t have a choice here. their fan base would lose it if they let wall walk. the only other option would be to let him become restricted, but another team would offer him the max, but at least the deal would be a year shorter.

  • LLC#12

    There’s so many good young PG’s in the NBA, some of them are doomed for a career of all-star snubs.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Shocking! AM I RIGHT?

  • D_Nuggets

    I didn’t think I’d ever see you ask if you’re right :p (but in this case, yes. yes you are)

  • http://tddaily.com/ Abe Schwadron

    No choice here. Now time to ball, Mr. Wall.

  • Feez_22

    I totally agree. They should have let him become restricted.

    I am a pretty big fan/believer of john wall. I also believe he played really well at the tail end of last season (final 2 months) after he worked his way into basketball shape. However, it was only two months. Granted, he had an injury he had no control of pre-training camp and had to work all the way back from it. However, i think he should have to prove it next year, healthy and all. It would motivate him and the team would be better for it.

    Either way, the wiz imo are going into a good direction with wall. Wall has a very high ceiling, showed some of it late last season and makes his teammates around him infinitely better [(bradley beal went from 13.1pg on 36% from the field and 32% from 3 without wall (31 games) to 15ppg on 46.8% from the field and 46.6% from 3 with wall (25 games)]. Also, wall had a similar effect on martell webster (9.5ppg on 40% fg 39.8 3pt% w/o wall to 12.8ppg on 46.1%fg and 43.4% 3pt with wall). Go down the list of all the players on the wiz and wall made most of them exponentially better than what they were without him. That is the number one job of a pg and wall did it even though he needed until march to get back to 100%.

    Good job wiz either way but… at least let him get restricted status. It wouldn’t hurt anyone involved and would again give wall more motivation.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i wasn’t actually asking tho. this isn’t shocking at all.

  • BugEyes

    Quick and speed is the new it thing in the NBA starting with westbroom and rose, people are seeing these guys getting open and getting out into easy transitions for a high % shot( hubie brown voice) they utilized the pick and roll for fairly easy open shots or hit the nice jumper of they have one wall needs to work on that a lot of defenders go under his screens. I’m done

  • D_Nuggets

    I know. I make joke.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, confusing response. my bad.

  • D_Nuggets

    I don’t think they should’ve waited and let him get restricted status. This way they show faith and loyalty. I think (hope) this will motivate him more than having his front office say “Let’s see how much other teams want to pay him and then match that.”

  • spit hot fiyah

    they still have nothing to lose if they wait, he wont become more than a max player that’s for sure.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    A bit too much money but I think he deserves a healthy extension and I think he will be an All-Star this season.

  • D_Nuggets

    Not financially no. But he could become unhappy, thinking they’re unwilling to offer him an extention. I know those are business decisions but some players (especially franchise players) take something like that personal.

  • uqk

    Arenas 2.0

  • spit hot fiyah

    i can see that happening. and then what? he is locked up for the next 4 years anyways. i get the loyalty part, some teams do it (spurs) some don’t, some players do it and some don’t. i was approaching it from a strictly business stand point (which i think a majority of the teams do)

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is the thing though, for the wizards it probably isn’t too much money for Wall. we tend to think of max players as lebron and durant etc. which they are. and based on that there is no way that wall is a max player, but the reality is that the wizards have no chance to get lebron or howard or rose, so for the wizards it’s either max out Wall or spend the roughly 16 million a year on 2 or three other rotation guys.

  • D_Nuggets

    What happens when a player is unhappy but locked up for multiple seasons to come? I don’t know… Ask the Orlando Magic.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s a risk in that sense, but if john wall hasn’t taken them anywhere in the next 4 years then it’s probably time to move on anyways

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    With Wall: 24-25. With Wall and Nene: 22-19. With Wall, Nene and Beal: 15-7.

  • spit hot fiyah

    in other words, staying healthy should be a priority

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, health is the issue. Not John Wall being overrated.

  • spit hot fiyah

    100% agreed. nene might be the biggest ? on the health front. and hopefully for them otto porter pans out.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Kyrie,Rondo,Williams,Rose are the only all-star caliber point guards in the east

  • pposse

    Nene will never be completely healthy, his feet both have plantar faccitis and he’s been having to battle that for the past 4 yrs. I’m convinced no matter what he does, the plantar will return by midseason.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that was my point

  • spit hot fiyah

    all-stars are divided into guards and forwards, and there are not a lot of good shooting guards

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Obviously Washington is making this contract offer to Wall in FEAR of what the Lakers could offer him in the summer of 2014 and to be honest John Wall does not deserve 80$ million he has shown no improvement in his game over the last three season has put up the same lame mediocre stats and has had no team success or individual success and has not livid up to the massive hype that he had coming out of Kentucky this contract would be worst than Gilbert Arenas 100$ million contract at least Gilbert earned his money he was a true “franchise player” a legit superstar in his prime the best scoring guard in the NBA averaging 29.0 ppg nobody could stop “agent zero” he turned that franchise around by himself before Arenas got there the Wizards were a laughingstock team in the east that were only relevant because of washed up Michael Jordan and he made them a legit playoff team in the mid 2000′s

  • spit hot fiyah

    that makes zero sense since the wizards can offer him more money and simply match any offer that the lakers or any other team can make.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    the Lakers can give him more money but not a fifth year

  • spit hot fiyah

    please explain how the lakers can give him more money than the wizards. and please google restricted free agency before doing so

  • Nathan Shane Long

    look troll the point is he would leave D.C. QUICK and go to LA fast next summer

  • bike

    Wall was clearly the reason the Wiz had one of the most remarkable midseason turnarounds in NBA history. He’s worth the max for this particular team although it seems like an incentive clause would make the best sense (all star or win a playoff series). At 22, he could still be quite a way from his ceiling.

  • Max

    The Wizards can match any offer…

  • spit hot fiyah

    HOW???!!!!!! do u understand how restricted free agency works? if not, just admit it and we can move on.

  • Max

    I think it’s obvious he doesn’t.

  • TR

    I’ve always disliked John Wall, but I’m happy about this. He played really well when he came back last year and the Wiz actually have a squad for the first time since the original big 3 era: Arenas, Jamison, Butler

  • Max

    I don’t even think the contract is that bad, he can still improve a ton and I believe he will, I expect him to drop 20-10 next year if he and his team can stay healthy the whole season.

  • Max

    Worth it, prove all the doubters wrong JWall.

  • RayJr

    Too much money for someone who hasn’t really done anything in the league and who hasn’t even been on an All-Star team yet…but, hey at least its not my money.

  • spit hot fiyah

    20 and 10? i like wall, but chill out. players that have averaged 20 and 10: big O, tiny, isiah, magic, kevin johnson, tim hardaway and cp.

    i can’t see him joining that club next year

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Dwayne Wade Paul George Joe Johnson TROLL

  • LakeShow

    It might be over priced per his career output, but his talent is limitless and DC cannot lose him. He’s worth the max for them.

  • The Philosopher

    Prediction:
    Wall will emerge as the second best point man in the League this coming season.
    First in the League is not outside of the realm of reality.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i explained this to him last week. he just kept calling me idiot troll and then repeatedly threw feces.

  • LakeShow

    You’re crazy. But that’s one of the reasons why we love you.
    CP3, Rose, D. Williams are all probably going to be better, but for the sake of pure entertainment I hope you are 100% correct.

  • LakeShow

    Why do you call everyone a troll?

    I take it your that guy that wears “#SWAG” T-Shirts and has the Haters gunn’ hate bumper sticker on your 1987 Buick on 20′s….?

  • The Philosopher

    Williams and Paul have lost at least, a 1/2 step.

  • LakeShow

    I am not sure they have.
    Even if they have, they have a more complete game than Wall unless he had one of the best summers of improving ever.

  • LakeShow

    Westbrook and TP should probably be tossed in there too…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ehh, come on Philo, they still have enough “steps” to make up for everything they lose physically by growing mentally.

  • The Philosopher

    Not saying that he is as complete as them, but, remember the M.V.P. season Derrick Rose had.
    He was not, and still isn’t complete.

  • The Philosopher

    Paul and Williams have better teams.
    Which in turn, makes them better.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    (this may post twice)
    .
    I’m with you on Wall’s potential. I just don’t have as much faith in his on court discipline. He gets drunk on his own natural gifts a little too often still.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Happy for my fellow NC native. Good for him and his family. Hope he lives up to the contract. First step is getting them to the playoffs. Has to be done next season if everyone stays healthy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m with you on Wall’s potential. I just don’t have as much faith in his on court discipline. He gets drunk on his own natural gifts a little too often still.

  • RKJ92

    It’s not inconceivable.. he’s already at 17-8 on an injure rattled season. There is no reason to NOT think he could average 20-10 this year with the addition of Otto Porter, and development of Bradley Beal to add to his assist totals. Don’t dismiss John Wall yet.

  • RKJ92

    Stop commenting here..
    .
    You offer nothing valuable, and all you do is call people trolls.
    .
    Wear your big boy pants if you want to earn respect here.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    a corny “joke” with no humor at all

  • Nathan Shane Long

    your pathetic life has no value just like the worthless comments you make on these threads on a daily basis

  • The Philosopher

    True, indeed.
    He does need a coach.

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    I’m with you on Wall’s potential.
    I just don’t have as much faith in his on court discipline. He gets
    drunk on his own natural gifts a little too often still.

  • Madterps

    Fakers fan are so stupid, they are not real fans. They expecting both Carmelo and Lebron to actually ditch their team to play with a banged up Kobe and Gasol? And run Pringles offense? Ain’t gonna happen, hell you can’t even keep Dwight Howard. The best you can hope for is someone like Danny Granger to come to the Lakers. And that’s only cause Indy’s got Paul George.

  • Madterps

    Speaking as a Wizards fan, I hope Wall remains healthy and focused. He doesn’t seem to be the crazy kind of guy that Arenas was, I hope he keep focused and we’ll make some noise in the playoffs if he and Nene remains healthy.

  • danpowers

    true, but as you guys mentioned above, he had a great coach. plus he had a team that made him look like the mvp, which wall unfortunately doesnt have yet.

    am also excited about wall next season and think that he can realistically be a top 5 point guard and make it to the playoffs.

  • danpowers

    “hey at least its not my money.”
    if you ever paid to watch a wizards game it partially is lol

  • danpowers

    you two should launch a comedy duo career lol

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Children are so tough when they’re anonymous… oh wait…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Yr wasting yr time bra… just ignore it.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    @nbk. I hope you don’t bunch me in this group with these idiots. I spend time trying to insult you! It’s an art form IMO. The nbk putback it will be called in years following!!

  • Interdico Scriptor

    What about Irving?? If anyone has ‘potential’ to become the league in the next couple of years it’s Irving. I was big on Wall when he first got here, but I’ve seen iving since then. I disagree with @Philo that Paul has lost a step. IMO opinion Irving is the only one who can catch him… and overtake him…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    deja vu

  • Interdico Scriptor

    That seems like a lifetime ago… I said it before and I’ll say it again, I hope DRose isn’t Penny/Grant Hill all over again. I hope he’s fixed… by all reports he is, but I’ve heard that before.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    New?? Ya think? Stockton? Thomas? KJ? Hardaway? Francis? (okay, don’t crucify on me that one), Price???
    or am I missing the point?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    ???

  • Busta213

    Lol, nothing is worst than the Arenas contract. They were bidding against themselves and drastically overpaid for a guy who was hurt at the time they signed the deal. as we know, he never fully recovered. One of the dumbest contracts ever!

  • Max

    1.5 more points and 2.4 more assists I don’t know man, maybe 19 and 9?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    fair point. note: i just said a bit; i have no problem w him getting near-max.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Irving is freaking amazing. I don’t think it’s about potential like it is with Wall. It’s just about “when” he’ll take the next step. Might be this year

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  • The Philosopher

    Irving, in my opinion, is the best in the League off the dribble.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that part of his game is why he reminds me of Rod Strickland

  • The Philosopher

    Yeah. Rod was something special off the dribble.
    Great passer.

  • BugEyes

    No your right but I’m just saying history is repeating itself. there’s was always an influx of guards in the 90s than big men from late 90s to mid 2000s now it’s guards again. boy do I miss those guys lol kj was my guy

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