John Wall's $170m extension is official
Wall called it an "easy decision" to agree to a deal that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 season. Team president Ernie Grunfeld said that Wall has "constantly worked to improve and expand his game and has developed into an All-NBA player who has elevated our franchise and electrified our fans." He's been remarkably durable over the past four seasons and should once again return cumulative first-round value in 8-cat fantasy leagues.
John Wall signs designed player exception
Wall's extension includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, per ESPN. Wall will be the franchise player for the Wizards and should contend for the league lead in dimes. One year after surgery on both knees, Wall should be set for a big season.
Leonsis predicts J. Wall will sign extension
"He wants to be here and my goal is to have no drama," Leonsis said. It's obvious that the Wizards want to have Wall around at the max, but they do have to convince Wall that the Wizards will be able to compete for a title. Despite surgery on both knees last offseason, Wall played in 78 games with career-high averages in points, assists, steals and offensive rebounds.
John Wall not ready to talk extension
The Wizards have a four-year max extension on the table that would start after the 2019 season, but it sounds like Wall is going to take his time making a decision. "Not yet," he said. "Everybody knows where I want to be." He added that his offseason goal is work on his conditioning so that he will have the stamina to better close out games. Wall underwent surgeries to both knees prior to last season, but he was excellent with averages of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers. Fantasy owners can feel comfortable about selecting him at the turn of the first and second rounds.
Wizards looking to lock up John Wall?
That offer would be a four-year deal starting after the 2019 season and pay Wall the highest amount possible. However, Wall reportedly isn't sure if he is going to take it because he wants to make sure the Wizards are going in the right direction before making such a long-term commitment.
John Wall recruiting Indy's Paul George
"Look at our team. We are one piece away," Wall said. "We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man, [Otto Porter Jr.], did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But, [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. George appears to have his sights set on L.A. or Cleveland in the end, but it's not unthinkable that he could opt to join forces with Wall and Beal in Washington for the right deal. Either way, George's days in Indy appear to be numbered and it will be fun to watch his negotiations until we see where he'll finally land.
John Wall would like Wiz to improve the bench
"We need to help our bench," said Wall. "Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got outplayed." In particular, the Wiz need to add quality backup guards. Wal was clearly worn down by the end of the seven-game series vs. Boston. Tomas Satoransky and Trey Burke were inconsistent all season. Washington then signed Brandon Jennings, but Jennings was awful in the postseason. The Wiz need to add a reliable backup PG to limit the wear-and-tear on Wall going forward.
Wizards hope to sign John Wall to extension
Wall is coming off the best season of his career. In 2016-17, Wall became just the third player in NBA history to average at least 23 points, 10 assists and two steals per game. Becuase he was named to an All-NBA team, he is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer. The extension would be worth $168 million over four years, beginning in 2019-20. However, according to the report, Wall "wants to see a bigger picture plan on where the franchise is headed before committing."
John Wall now eligible to sign DPVE extension
Wall has two years left on his current deal but is now able to sign a four-year, $168 million extension that would kick in for the 201920 season. In the past, Wall had previously voiced his displeasure after seeing inferior point guards, such as Reggie Jackson, sign contracts worth more than his. Both he and the Wiz may consider committing to each other long term, which would lock in a major pay raise for Wall. He would earn $37.5 million in the first season of that new deal.
John Wall feels fine heading into offseason
Despite a bitterly disappointing end to the season due to a poor performance in Game 7 vs. Boston, the 2016-17 campaign was very encouraging overall for Wall. Not only did he put up the best all-around numbers of his career in the regular season and the playoffs, he was also able to remain healthy. He was held out of back-to-backs in November, and there was fear he would frequently be sidelined, but he ended up starting 78 of 82 regular season contests and all 13 playoff games. He won't last past the second round in fantasy drafts next fall.