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.
John Wall fades in Game 7 loss
Wall was one of the best performers in the postseason prior to Monday, but he ran out of gas tonight and gave the Wizards very little when it mattered the most -- he failed to score in the final 19 minutes and was 0-of-11 from the field as he settled for jumpers instead of taking it to the rim. While this is a brutal way to end his season, Wall can hold his head high after leading his team to a 49-33 record with averages of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers. Despite having surgeries on both knees before the season, he rewarded his fantasy owners with a top-20 campaign.
Hero Wall: John hits game-winning 3-pointer
Game 7, baby. Game 7. Wall hit his first go-ahead shot in his career with less than 10 seconds on the clock to snap an 0-of-6 before tonight. He was also struggling in a big way early in the game, going just 1-of-12 to start, but got hot and finished 8-of-13 after that to get to 23 points in the second half. After the game, Wall had some things to say about the Celtics showing up to Verizon Center in all black. "Don't come to my city wearing all black telling us it's a funeral," he said on the ESPN broadcast. The Wizards have been getting killed on the road with a -11.8 net rating on the road, so they'll have their hands full in Boston on Monday.
Wizards use 26-0 run to win Gm 4, even series
Wall began the game 0-of-9 from the field, but he made five of his next seven attempts as the Wizards went on a second-quarter run to erase a substantial deficit. They proceeded to blow things open with a 26-0 run in the third quarter, during which Wall's fingerprints were all over the game. His brilliant play has leveled the series at two games each, with the action shifting back to Boston for Game 5 on Wednesday. Buckle up.
John Wall scores 24 points in Game 3 win
The Wizards played with an extra edge during this game and started red hot with a 39-17 lead after the first quarter. Wall already has nine 20-plus scoring games this postseason, which sets the franchise record for most in a single playoff year. Wall is just too good when he's locked in and the Celtics will have to do a better job of keeping him from getting out and running in the open court.
John Wall (ankle) and Markieff Morris (ankle) will play tonight, as expected
Both guys are banged up, but they're ready to roll tonight in Game 2 against the Celtics. Wall was dominant in Game 2, scoring 40 points on 32 shots while adding 13 assists, three steals, and three blocks. Over the past three games, he's boasted a usage rate of 37.7% and produced 1.37 FD ppm. If Morris can stay out of foul trouble tonight, he'll be a great target as he's been playing well. Over the past three, he's produced 0.99 FD ppm on a 23.5% usage rate. Even on a bum ankle, he racked up 31.7 FD points in 27 minutes on Tuesday.