March 3, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) celebrates after making the clinching basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the final seconds of the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 90-87. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Many things can be said about John Wall and his career thus far in the National Basketball Association. First, Wall was intriguing. Then, he was underwhelming. Then he was disappointing, as in he hit a Wall, Yes? No? Who cares what you think that was good. Cherry on the topping came when he was injured.
And then…. he was really very good. Wall played in 49 games last season after returning from a stress reaction and wound up averaging 19 points, four rebounds and eight assists, putting the Wizards in a position where you could at least see the playoffs on the distant shore. There is more that he accomplished when he did return, he clearly made his teammates significantly better.
The question that many would be asking, Wizards fans, if there are any left, is he worth a max contract?
Wall is eligible for an extension, and for months he has hinted that he thinks he’s a max player. There were indications the Wizards were lining up to give it to him, too. And now, CSN Washington reports that talks have officially opened.
The Wizards have begun talking with John Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, regarding an extension before the regular season, CSN Washington has learned.
Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, is eligible for up to a four-year, max contract with the Wizards in addition to the final year remaining on his deal that will pay him $7.45 million next season. If he’s named the franchise’s designated player, Wall can get five years.