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Report: Wizards expected to offer John Wall max extension

Mar 19, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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Has John Wall earned a max contract extension?

Apparently the Wizards front office thinks he has and will offer one come July.

Wall is eligible for a contract extension this summer and it was always likely the Wizards were going to offer one, the question was for how much? Wall said recently he thought he deserved a max offer (starting at $13.5 million a year), while others thought he should get something a little less, more in the Rajon Rondo range (his started at just over $9 million and went up from there, a deal now considered a steal for Boston).

It looks like the Wizards will offer the max extension, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.

According to several persons with knowledge of the situation who talked with CSN Washington, all the signals point to the answer being yes (he will get a max deal)…

“If they believe I’m their franchise guy, that I’m the max player that I feel that I am, they’ll do what’s best for them,” Wall told CSN. “I feel like they believe in me. My coaches and my organization believe in me. The owner (Ted Leonsis) and GM (Ernie Grunfeld) believe in me. … They like what I’ve been doing lately.”

The question is how good do you think Wall can be? He missed the first 33 games this season but since his return (with Nene about the same time) the Wizards are 18-15. On the season Wall is scoring 15.6 points a game on 44.4 percent shooting, but shoots just 29.2 percent from three. He assists on 40.4 percent of his teammates buckets when he is on the floor. But in the last 10 games his scoring is up to 20.1 points on 52.4 percent shooting, 54.5 percent from three and his assist numbers have remained strong. Wall still has some rough shooting and turnover games, but he’s brought more positives than negatives.

The question with Wall has always been his jump shot — if that were consistent he becomes much more dangerous. This season from 16 feet out to the arc Wall is shooting 35 percent, which is not great but is his career best and improving. But as the three point shooting numbers above show, in recent weeks he’s started to look healthy and find that shot.

If they give him a max deal the Wizards are betting they get that guy of the last couple weeks with the new deal.

They are also doing so to change past patterns, Michael notes.

And factor into that the recent history of the Wizards when it comes to allowing players such as Chris Webber, Richard Hamilton and Ben Wallace to leave, blossom and help other franchises become successful.

“An organization’s history is leverage,” one NBA agent told CSN Washington. “In negotiations, you use that. Definitely. And this kid has kept his nose clean on top of that.”

Looks like the Wizards are going to gamble on Wall. They are going to have to do more to get players around him, but as it has been the past couple years it looks like it will be for a while — as Wall goes the Wizards go.

  1. fanofevilempire - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    “An organization’s history is leverage,” for who and what, that is bull, it is
    and always about money. Mr. One NBA Agent, stf up!

    • nicktomfrank - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Leverage for John Wall’s agent. The Wizards can either watch another star player leave DC or pay Wall the max. It’s very simple and I don’t see how you got so confused.

      • thebigkahuna23 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        To quote the words of a million jumping up and down hype-men:

        Get em!

      • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        And the Wizards can counter with RFA. If John Wall wants a max contract, he’s more than welcome to go out in July of 2014 and see if any team is willing to tie up their cap space for three days before the Wizards match. There’s no real reason to gamble on giving him a max-offer now because there’s absolutely no upside.

      • cmehustle - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        Well, the upside would be you could lock up a young player who might become the NBA’s next great point guard. By not waiting, you dont run the risk of having him leave like other stars, see Anthony, Carmelo James, Lebron Howard, Dwight.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        Except you really don’t run that risk because you can match any offer.

  2. broncobeta - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    In what world is John Wall in the Rajon Rando range?

    Dear god, maybe Leonsis can buy out the rest of Washington DC sports and run them into the ground as well.

    • kinggw - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      A better question would be why don’t you think he is in the Rondo range?

      Rondo has been surrounded by talent his whole career, Wall obviously hasnt. Wall averaged 16 and 8 with guys like Kirk Hinrich, Jan Vesely and Rashard Lewis. I think Rondo is an amazing point guard, I just dont he’s that much better than Wall. Put a couple of future Hall of Famers around Wall and im sure he would have impressive numbers and the team would have a better record. Conversely if you put Rondo on a team like the Wizards, im not sure he would make them better than they are now.

      • broncobeta - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        A better question would be why don’t you think he is in the Rondo range?

        That’s a good point, let me go look at his playoff tape.

      • dko83 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:34 AM

        You make a really solid argument. One issue I have is comparing Rondo to Wall. Washington should absolutely offer this guy max money and lock him down, but don’t believe he is on Rondo’s level for a second. He’s not there yet, and possibly never will be. Happy for Wall though, lifelong UK fan. If you put Rondo on the Wizards, they would absolutely be better… like 8th seed better..

  3. loungefly74 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Wall…a max player? huh, only in D.C….they need all the help to keep stars from leaving. and hey, who can blame each side? they know what “cards” are in each others hands.

    agree with Rondo being a steal if Wall gets the max.

  4. kb2408 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    They’re predicting that Wall will become a franchise type point guard. If he continues to work, I see no reason why I won’t. Chauncey Billups and Gary Payton are two examples of highly drafted pg’s who started slowly in their careers. They turned out just fine. One is going to be in the HOF and the other is a borderline HOF’er. Wall actually reminds me a lot of Payton. Maybe not the great defender, yet, but he’s still very young.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Report: Washington will continue to be mediocre for the next 5+ years.

  6. karlmcmichel - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Reblogged this on The Media Transformer.

  7. asimonetti88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I don’t think Wall is worth a max contract, but the Wizards are certainly a much better team with him then they are without. At the end of the day, they have to do what it takes to keep Wall on this team. They seem to be improving as the year goes along. If Beal continues to improve and Wall does too, well who knows. They could have a solid team on their hands.

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Wall is good and they’ve been actually winning since he finally came back, which is a start, but max? That term has become so loose now it almost has no meaning to me anymore.

    Everybody’s young key player or half-decent big man is now earning max money like they are franchise-changing superstars. That Rondo deal is probably one of the best, if not the best in the league.

    However, they need to keep Wall at almost all cost. NO ONE is clamoring to sign in DC and the Wall/Beal backcourt could be something sweet. Watch Beal get max in a few years *eyes roll*.

    The league is changing for 90% of the league and the salary cap and tax penalties are massacreing teams (looking at you MEM! Even OKC with the loss of Harden). Teams are only allowed 2 max guys and then you have scraps leftover to fill out the rest of the rosters 10-13 remaining spots.

    IF you think that Wall is your Jordan/Shaq and Beal is your Pippen/Bryant, then it works out. But they aren’t and when it doesn’t (I know they are both young and the book hasn’t even begun to be written on them, but c’mon…you know they are not gonna win championships) you are stuck with two really good players on a kinda good to mediocre team who gets no further then the 2nd round round, perrenialy. Then comes the buyer’s remorse and more contract dumps and the vicious cycle starts alllllll over again.

  9. eugenesaxe - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Definitely worth it to the Wiz.

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