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It’s official, John Wall signs $80 million max deal with Wizards

Jul 31, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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John Wall got his max money.

We told you this was coming and now it has happened, with the official press conference on Thursday — John Wall has signed a max deal, five-year, $80 million contract with the Washington Wizards reports my man J. Michael at CSNWashington.com (other sources have confirmed this).

The contract extension that’s set to make John Wall the Wizards’ designated player has been finalized and the team will make it official Thursday at a news conference at Verizon Center, persons with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN Washington.

Wall, who has been training in Los Angeles during the off-season, already is in Washington for the announcement.

Are the Wizards betting on potential here? Yes, they’ve seen glimpses of it — in in his last 20 games last season Wall averaged 23.9 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting and 41.7 percent from three as his jump shot fell, plus he added 7.8 assists per game — and the Wizards are counting on more of that.

But the Wizards were also willing to overpay a little for a guy who was good for the team culture. Remember just a few years 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. That team also had a young JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Nick Young as “leaders.”

Wall is a professional, works hard at his game, is good in the community. He helps sell tickets, jerseys and sponsorships. He helped change the culture around that team. The Wizards needed that and if it costs a little more, so be it.

We will have more at PBT out of Wall’s press conference Thursday.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Not sure if Steph Curry just got underpaid, or if John Wall got overpaid…

    • somekat - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      both

    • spursareold - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      John Wall doesn’t have a foot that may fall off at any time because of repeated severe ankle sprains. Chronic health issues can cost you at paycheck time.

      • jaerba - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        But he did just come off missing half a season with a stress fracture in his knee.

  2. somekat - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    and as the ink on his new contract dries, the Wizard are guranteed to be a medoicre team for the next 8 years. Congratulations

  3. balfe13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    “Remember just a few years Washington was just a few years ago”…
    Brilliant journalism, as always.

  4. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    It’s official, the Bullets are baacck….to mediocrity.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Bullets?

  5. antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Maybe Durant will come home and join him in a few years.

    • somekat - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      no he won’t

    • kinggw - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I wouldnt be surprised at all. The Thunder’s frugal ways may catch up with them.

      • somekat - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

        and there are 20 other teams that would be more attractive to him

        if he can’t win with Westbrook and a better supporting cast, why would he go to Washington, where Wall isn’t as good as Westbrook and the supporting cast is worse?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Home is where the heart is.

      • kinggw - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        One because DC is home, always has been always will be. Secondly by the time Durant becomes a free agent there will be no space between Westbrook and Wall. Keep in mind Westbrook is two years older and has always had a better supporting cast than what Wall has around him. He’s better than Wall now but not by much.

        You mentioned that OKC has a better supporting cast, they do now but in two years who knows. Outside of the Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka core, there is nothing to write home about on OKC’s roster. The Thunder are hoping that guys like Perry Jones and Lamb develop otherwise they are screwed. As the West gets better the Thunder seem to be standing pat, some would even argue they’ve regressed with the loss of their top bench scorer and no replacement in sight. It also doesn’t hurt that as a member of the Wiz, Durant would get to face LBJ four times a year in games that matter.

        Durant seems to be a loyal guy, but I don’t think he’ll stay in OKC if the Thunder don’t have a few more trips to the Finals. Looking at what the Clippers and Rockets have done i’m not entirely sure he gets back as a member of the Thunder.

  6. 91devinhester23 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    chase that bottom seed first round out

  7. cantonbound13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    A ton of money for a guy who’s best known for doing the dougie.

  8. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Kyrie and John Wall have taken over the eastern conference as best point guards with rondo then drose then dwill for top 5

    • khadeemw - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      did u compare two losers to three guys that have led their team to the conference finals…stop

      • clevelandschronic2 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Btw ur an idiot for calling kyrie and wall losers. Hey loser What do u do for a living

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        He’s either a vacuum cleaner or encyclopedia salesman. You know how awesome they are these days!

    • clevelandschronic2 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      John wall is a nobody compared to kyrie. Cant remember the last time anyone with a real basketball IQ said wall was a top 5 pg. or even top 10, thats right cuz noone has. Wall is good but hes not a top 5 or top 10 pg.

      • kinggw - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        He doesnt get as much pub as Irving but he’s a much better point guard.

        Im sure if Wall took as many shots as Irving he would have better numbers scoring wise. That’s pretty much the only advantage he has over Wall. If your a PER guy, which im not, they are virtually identical.

        Wall is a better defender, a better distributor, and he seems to make his team better. When Wall came back the Wiz looked like a playoff team. Sure there are lots of pundits who wont put Wall in their top 10. So what. The same guys would put Rose and Curry in the mix and “anyone with a real basketball IQ” knows that those guys, along with Irving, are really undersized two guards masquerading as point guards. Irving is a great player, he is just overrated as a point guard.

      • barkley4life - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Just a bunch of kids who think the video game they play relates to what you watch on the screen. You have no Ball IQ if you think Wall and Irving are on the same planet basketball wise. Its not even close. Wall is athlete who plays point. No real consistent outside shot and with low decision making skills. Hes a one man fastbreak is his biggest attribute.

        In a slow down game he is fustrating to watch and is easily guarded. Doesnt play well off the pick and roll and please stop with being a good perimeter defender.

        Hes being overpaid because they invested value in the 1st pick in the draft. You watched Irving and Lillard go at a few days ago in the Olympic trials and Walls game has a ton of holes compared to theirs. Stop the nonsense.

        Kyrie Irving stepped on the floor as a record and was efficient from day one. Your looking at a 45% shooter from the floor, terror off of the pick and roll and about a 40% scorer from 3.

        Next time Wall puts up efficient numbers please tell me.

    • kb2408 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      Dude, come on, Wall or Irvin are not better than Rose.

  9. nflcinbengals - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    D. Rose actually carried a team on his back to the number 1 seed, he’s also the YOUNGEST league MVP ever and until those guys are consistently in the playoffs you don’t have an argument!

  10. kb2408 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    It’s all about the money in the NBA. Why else would he sign long-term with a franchise that has very little chance of winning a title? And the Wizards overpaid for potential that may or may not develop. Personally, I like Wall but is he going to take the next step next season and prove worthy of that contract? I kinda believe he will, but I guess we shall see.

  11. reptar24 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Stop. Stop. You’re making my ribs hurt.

    Bahahahahaha

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Are you Dr. Evil?

  12. barkley4life - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Only a moron would say Wall and Irving are comparable. You under 20 NBA 2k kids no nothing about basketball.

  13. barkley4life - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I just heard Wall makes his team better yet they haven’t had a winning record in 3 years. Motto mention their run of good play was when not one of their games mattered when in a weekEast they were20 games out of the. 8th seed lol the 8th seed that was the Milwaukee Bucks. Then on the same thread someone says Kevin Durant leaving to go to Wiz because he’s from there lol. Lmao CLUELESS

    • unxpexted1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Wizards record – 29-53
      Cavaliers record 24-58

      Wizards Record with john wall 24-25, Without John wall 5-28
      To say John Wall doesn’t make his team better is just false no matter how you slice it. And if you use your logic, if John Wall doesn’t make his team better than Kyrie CERTAINLY doesn’t make his team better.

      • barkley4life - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Not so fast fan boy. I like how you throw out one stat but leave ALL THE OTHERS LMAO

        John Wall in the two seasons before last year…has played over 120 games. Wizards record during that stretch….drumroll please….43 WINS. An avg of about 22 wins a year.

        So lets throw a parade for him going 24-25 during the stretch of the season that was meaningless and they were playing for NOTHING.

        IDIOTS

  14. unxpexted1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    This year is the test for Kyrie and Wall. Kyrie’s definitely gotten better, with a lot of good offseason moves. Wizards, didn’t do much but are hopefully healthy. If either team underperforms marketably then we can really see who really has more impact on their squad.

    I personally think Kyrie is a better player, but i also think John Wall means more for his team.

  15. aboogy123456 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    John Wall will soon be a top five player in this league. He’s the complete package and it’s hard to point at any flaws in his game except for his shooting, which by all account he’s improved tremendously. You can’t teach athleticism, leadership, and will to win, and he has all of that.

    • barkley4life - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Says the moron who said Steph Curry isnt on John Walls level…LMAO. Seriously shut up.

  16. klownboy - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The Wiz may have overpaid Wall a bit, but the five-year deal appears safe. Watch for the Wiz in 2013-2014…

  17. barkley4life - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    TIME FOR SCHOOL….

    Unxpexted1 favorite go to fact…..the Wizards went 24-25 with John Wall in the lineup. HOWEVER…..

    He conveniently leaves out the fact in the last 15 games Wall played with the Wizards they went 5-10.

    Losing their last 6 games with him taking almost 20 shots a game shooting 42% from the fieldduring that 15 game stretch.

    Take out abnormal stat lines where he shot above 50% during 4 games…where his team only went 2-2 and that number would look even worse.

    Class dismissed.

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