John Wall is eligible to sign a designated veteran player extension with the Washington Wizards after being named All-NBA Third Team last Thursday. However, Wall is not yet committed to signing the contract extension until he sees the Wizards’ “bigger picture plan” in the upcoming offseason.
The Wizards fell short from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals after losing to the Boston Celtics in Game 7. With their eyes focused in the offseason, John Wall plans to evaluate his future in Washington. He’s currently in line to have a huge payday this summer but wants to keep all his options open.
Wizards’ No. 1 priority: Giving John Wall super-max extension
According to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic, the Wizards will prioritize giving John Wall a super-max extension this summer. Wall still has two-years left on the five-year contract extension he signed in 2013. However, after being included in the All-NBA Third Team, the Wizards could offer him another extension approximately worth $36 million per season over four years. It would start in the 2019-20 NBA season.
“The Wizards haven’t reached out to John Wall yet, but they expect to discuss an extension this summer with the four-time All-Star since he was named to the All-NBA for the first time in his seven-year career. An extension with Wall will be the top priority of the offseason in which Otto Porter is also a restricted free agent, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com,” Michael wrote.
John Wall played his best season so far since joining the NBA in 2010. In 78 games this season, he posted career-highs 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals on 45.1 field goal percentage. As of now, there is no doubt that Wall is the best player in Washington.
Giving him a super-max extension this summer is definitely a no-brainer. The Wizards believe Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. have the chance to become special. However, Wall remains questionable to sign the extension.
John Wall wants to see “bigger picture plan” before signing extension
Michael revealed that Wall first wants to know the Wizards “bigger picture plan” before deciding what to do with his contract this summer. The 26-year-old guard is reportedly eyeing to see improvements on their roster, especially their second unit.
“From league sources close to the situation, Wall wants to see a bigger picture plan on where the franchise is headed before committing for longer. The Wizards won 49 games this season and advanced to the conference semifinals for the third time in four years,” Michael Wrote.
The outcome of the 2016-17 NBA season showed the Wizards’ lack of help from the bench. They also need to upgrade their frontcourt and should look for a younger replacement for Marcin Gortat. If they succeed to add quality players to their roster, Wall will surely sign the contract extension this summer.
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