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Wizards open contract negotiations with John Wall

Jul 15, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

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The Wizards want to extend John Wall — he’s the guy they want to build around, the face of the franchise, he’s good in the locker room and good on the court (when he’s healthy and on the court). In his last 20 games last season he averaged averaged 23.9 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting and 41.7 percent from three (his jump shot was working), plus he has 7.8 assists per game.

The question is the price.

The two sides have opened negotiations to figure that out, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.

The Wizards have begun talking with John Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, regarding an extension before the regular season, CSN Washington has learned.

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld wouldn’t comment on whether or not he expected an agreement to be consummated quickly, but if how quickly he moved in free agency is any indication he’d like to get it done sooner rather than later. Grunfeld locked up Eric Maynor, Martell Webster and Garrett Temple in the first three days of the free agency.

In an ideal world they would get Wall on a Stephen Curry-like deal, which was four years, $44 million. The Wizards could give Wall the fifth year and throw in a player option after three or four years.

But they may go higher than that. Michael says the Wizards are all in for Wall and may be willing to overpay to keep the guy they want to be their star happy. A max deal under the new CBA would start at $13.7 million this season, we don’t know the number for next year yet but it likely will be higher so we’re talking a deal starting at $14 million a year or more.

Is Wall worth that?

  1. somekat - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Will be interesting to see what he gets. The Wiz may have to give him a max contract to keep him from testing the market. But IMO, he hasn’t proven he’s a max player yet.

    If he gets that max deals, guys like Cousins/Favors are going to be looking with envious eyes

    • thirdistheworrd - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Wall has not proven himself to be a max player yet, but he absolutely deserves a max deal. A max deal proves that DC has a piece to build a team around and is willing to be a wininng francise. However much you believe in Wall’s potential, what you need to realize is that teams only get better through getting better. It sounds goofy, but it’s true: NBA teams can’t attract stars, all-pros, or even mid-range talent unless they have something to build around.

      The Bullets could have offered Chris Paul 50 years-600 mil, and he still would have chosen LA, because he wants to win. Even if Wall can’t develop into a top-tier point guard, they won’t be able to attract a top-tier point guard without a “team” to bring him to DC. And they won’t be able to acquire this “team” without a player like Wall.

      Pure hypothetical- let’s say in 5 years, Trey Burke has become the greatest thing since sliced bread, and he’s entering FA. Meanwhile, DC has leveraged the young talent of Wall, Beal, and Porter into acquiring Kenneth Faried, Greg Monroe, and Paul George, and Bradley Beal has become a perennial all-star. Now Washington is a prime destination for a superstar point guard who wants to win championships.

      On the other hand, if DC dumps Wall, no difference-maker will want to play here for another fifty years.

      • somekat - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        More likely, FA’s look at the Wiz and say “they are already giving Wall a max deal, so if I can’t win a title with me and Wall, we won’t be able to attract another star”

        It seems more likely that they are using the tried and true method of being a mid-tier team. Sign a guy to a max contract that doesn’t deserve it, just because you don’t want to lose him, then never have the cap space to bring in the talent to get your team to an elite level, but not bad enough to be bad enough to get a top pick

        Also, all of those trades you mentioned only happen if Denver, Detroit, and Indy all hire dope heads to be their GM, and the Wiz happen to call when they need a fix

  2. 6thsense79 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    The ream should offer him a fair deal. If he doesn’t like it Wall could test the market and since he is a restricted free agent the team can always match any contract. Don’t know why most teams don’t do this.

  3. logisticalvoices - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Wait, I thought he didn’t deserve that much money because of his tats!

  4. norvturnersneck - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Not a max deal, but he’s worth $8-$10 million. However… someone will overpay for his services and tats.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      This guy is going to be a top 5 player in the league soon and is worth whatever he gets. Anything less than the max would be a great bargain for the wiz. He has much more potential than curry and doesn’t have the injury risk that curry has either.

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    The NBA is a broken record when it comes to giving players who don’t deserve it a max contract.

    Just as other posters have said, he doesn’t deserve it, but he’ll probably get it.

  6. dezglobal - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I think he may test free agency

  7. kyleb313 - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    he’s worth the big money, without wall: 4-28…. with wall: 25-24 he makes everyone better around him and his shooting improves every year.

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