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Paul George, Kyrie Irving excited for John Wall and his new $80 million contract

Jul 31, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

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The Wizards locked up John Wall with a five-year contract extension worth $80 million on Wednesday, and the news excited a couple of other big-time NBA players who will be due for similar extensions in the very near future.

Paul George of the Indiana Pacers started things on Twitter, when he sent out a message saying “80 ball!! Congrats to the bro JW!”

Not exactly top-secret encryption, there.

Kyrie Irving seconded George’s congratulations, and in this case his retweet was indeed an endorsement. George sent out Irving’s message to his followers, as well.

All three players spent time together last week at USA Basketball’s four-day minicamp in Las Vegas, but the bond doesn’t end there.

Irving and George will both be seeking max extensions like the one that Wall just signed, and are both viewed by their respective franchises as the cornerstone stars their teams will build around for the future.

There’s no doubt the two were not only excited for Wall, but also for themselves in terms of the contracts they’ll sign shortly that will be comparable in guaranteed dollars.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I’m sure they are excited… So excited in fact, that when they called to congratulate him they probably asked for the name of his agent too. lol

    • llfreedman - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Ha yeah, Pacers already on record saying they will match any offer on George. Everyone knows Kyrie is worth the max so all three of them are fine.

  2. pauliewalnuts90 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Make your paper, boo boo.

  3. patfic15 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I like Wall. I find him to be vastly underrated at this point. A little DC success should help fix that. No reason they can’t be 8th seed this year.

  4. losanginsight - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Two of the three will be Lakers

    • Kevin S. - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:27 AM

      In 2024, maybe.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      “Two of the three will be Lakers.”

      Since Wall just signed with the Wizards your comment is a huge FAIL.
      Cause’ #24 isn’t going anywhere.

  5. sportsnut101 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    He not worth it

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      Teams are just dying to throw max money contracts around, though. This move was asinine and unnecessary. His contract was set up so the Wizards could offer him a minimum required deal (which he would decline) but this would make him an unrestricted free agent. Then, they could match any offer that other teams made for him, none of which could be higher than the 5 year 80 million they gave him. Essentially, they negotiated against themselves. Worst case scenario for them financially was this deal they gave him.

      • llfreedman - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Honestly that’s a pretty dangerous game to play with the desired franchise player of a team that historically hasn’t been very successful and isn’t that attractive…The wiz had to make him feel appreciated as the franchise piece that he is. Don’t fool yourself- teams with more pieces would have offered him similar… Top tier point guards aren’t easy to find. The correct move by the wizards.

    • michaelcarol75 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      Your right, Wall!!!!!! What you got to be kidding

    • jkearb - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Amen to that.

  6. abchome - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    They will get theirs soon.

  7. skinsfanwill - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    What was the whole lockout for? All I keep seeing is guys getting max deals. WTF is going on here.

  8. jkearb - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Max deals won’t be worth a damn when ticket prices are so high no one can go!

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