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Reports: John Wall, Wizards near five year, $80 million deal

Jul 25, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

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Would you give John Wall more than Stephen Curry got a couple years ago? More than Rajon Rondo?

It’s certainly a risk, but the Wizards have their reasons and it looks like it is going to happen.

The Wizards and Wall are close to a five-year, $80 million deal, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN. Then Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports followed up with more details.

The Wizards will make Wall their designated franchise player, allowing him to get the fifth year on the extension, sources said.

The Wizards and Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, have until Oct. 31 to complete an agreement on the rookie extension for Wall to avoid restricted free agency next summer, but are moving swiftly to reach a deal.

It’s a near max deal for Wall, who is in Las Vegas this week as part of the Team USA minicamp.

If that seems like a lot, remember J. Michael of called called this back during the season and explained why. You have to remember where Washington was just a few years ago — they had the worst locker room in the NBA, with the Gilbert Arenas gun incident just being the most famous of the problems. It was a roster that was not professional in preparation or on the court. It was a mess.

Wall was part of changing that culture — even through injuries he has been professional, worked on his game and tried to improve. He has been great in the locker room. That matters for the culture of the Wizards going forward.

The Wizards think he is going to be the guy from the end of last season on the court, too — in in his last 20 games his jump shot was falling and he averaged 23.9 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting and 41.7 percent from three, and he added 7.8 assists per game.

At that level of production Wall would be worth the money (and the Wizards would be a playoff team). But they are paying him for more than that.

  1. orenthal - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Similarly, (although I think more teams would easily pick wall over him) al Jefferson got a contract from Charlotte that most teams wouldn’t have offered because they’re not, as a historically bad team, in a position to get any breaks. And for comparisons to kyrie, I’d say yeah kyrie has been great since day 1, but he’s a completely different player than John wall. Wall is a past first pg who needs some talent around him. Kyrie dominates the ball and is his teams offense. I think they both should get the full max, they both are their teams future, but they’re entirely different players. I think if wall got to start out in Boston with the talent rondo did, he would developed faster than rondo and faster than he’s developing now. Walls next season will be the most talent he’s ever been around in the nba and it’ll be bc of porter and beal mostly. I think he’s slightly overpaid based on his body of work but his last 30 games were fantastic, he’s extremely young, and great attitude (needed after the days of Gilbert and blatche). For those who disagree, I think you need to be prepared to answer how the wizards should act if wall decides he’s angry by not getting the max,and will play out a year as a restricted FA so he can leave earlier. The wizards will have been the team who lost a #1 overall pick and future star just so they could pat themselves on the back for not slightly overpaying.

  2. barkley4life - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    you lost all credibility once you took Irving out of the top spot.

    • somekat - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      he lost it long before that

  3. barkley4life - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    20 ppg 45% from the field 40 from three…lmao i dont have to say anything youre either related to wall or his girlfriend.


  4. barkley4life - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Bradley Beal is a star now? So is Porter who hasn’t played yet. Another dumb comment. Even worse OKC in a 4 year period drafted
    Durant Green Westbrook Harden Ibaka and traded for Thabo. But you’re right you need to attract free agents.

    But you’re right stop at just 3 maybe good young players lmao CLUELESS

    Unexpected is Grunfelds wife and Boogy is his mistress bwahaha

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