Washington Wizards and John Wall agree on contract extension
The Washington Wizards and point-guard John Wall have agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension.
According to the Washington Post, this is the third-largest contract given to a player in Wizards history, behind Gilbert Areans (six years, $111 million) and Juwan Howard (seven years, $105 million).
“I am both proud and humbled by the belief that the Wizards organization, the fans and my teammates have shown in me since I arrived here three years ago,” Wall said in the statement. “I can promise all of them that I will repay that belief by representing the city of Washington and doing everything I can to get this team back where it belongs.”
“He is the cornerstone of our team, and we have clearly expressed our desire to build around him well before making it official by re-signing him,” Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said in a statement. “We are extremely confident in his leadership abilities and are excited to see the continued improvement of the team.”
Wall missed the first 33 games of the season, but when he returned, showed everyone why he deserves to be paid like a franchise player. Over his 49 games, Wall averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals, according to ESPN.
For his career, Wall averages 16.5 points, 8.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals, something only Chris Paul, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson have accomplished, according to the Washington Post. In the final 26 games of the season, Wall averaged 22.7 points, 7.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Clearly it’s still early in Wall’s career – and by no means do those numbers mean he will be as good as the previously listed players - but those stats give you a good indication of what to expect from Wall.
The Wizards were miles better when Wall was on the floor. With Wall in the lineup, the Wizards were 24-25, and before you ponder about how average that is, keep in mind that the Wizards were without Bradley Beal for 29 of Wall’s 49 games. Wall undoubtedly makes the Wizards a better team and a team that can compete for a spot in the playoffs as soon as this year.