Will John Wall get a max contract? Will a deal take place this summer?
Reports are that the Washington Wizards have begun discussions on a contract extension with their number 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft John Wall. A max contract extension could be coming down very soon.
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.
A max contract for Wall would kick in for the 2014-15 season and would begin at around $13 million in the first year. Whether or not the team gives John Wall the full maximum deal will be interesting to see.
John has had his problems with injuries during his three years in Washington. As a rookie in 2010, Wall was limited to 69 games because of foot problems and last year he missed the first two months of the season and was limited to 49 games because of a knee injury.
The Wizards are a totally different team with and without Wall, which has been proven through the young point guards first three years with the team. Last year, in the first two months of the season, the offense struggled to out up points without their point guard and young leader. When Wall got healthy and returned in January the team went on a tear and played like a playoff team. Wall led the Wizards offense the second half of the season with 18.5 points, 7.6 assists a game. He also added 4 rebounds a game.
With the drafting of Bradley Beal 3rd overall in the 2012 NBA Draft and the selection of Otto Porter in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Wizards have a good young core to build around for their future. I believe the signing of Wall to a contract extension is the right move for this teams future. It is better to get it taken care of now during the summer than to worry about it next off-season. If Wall and Beal can stay healthy, they should be one of the best back courts in the NBA very soon. The trio of Wall, Beal and Porter could be very special in the near future and looking at the Eastern Conference as its put together right now, many people expect the Wizards to a playoff team in the 2013-14 season. Some think they could be seeded as high as 6th in the Eastern Conference if everything goes right.
That all starts with John Wall. And hopefully before this new season starts, he will be locked up as a Wizard for the next 4 to 5 years.