Wizards owner predicts Wall will sign super-max extension

Posted: 20/07/2017 in NBA, Sports
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There is $170 million waiting on the table for John Wall, and all he needs to do is sign his name.

But Wall is biding his time for some unknown reason, and is apparently in no rush to agree to a four-year extension that would instantly see him rewarded as one of the highest-paid players in the league.

Wizards team owner Ted Leonsis, however, remains confident that he will retain his franchise player.

“I told everyone that when John was coming off his rookie contract, we would sign him and he would be our bedrock player,” Leonsis told Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.

“I told everybody that we would keep Bradley Beal, and already everyone is talking about the (Wall) extension,” Leonsis continued. “So my prediction is John Wall will sign his extension. He wants to be here, and my goal is to have no drama.”

Washington has yet to win 50 games or advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in Wall’s seven seasons in the capital. They’re also capped out for the foreseeable future after matching a maximum offer to Otto Porter, so it’s difficult to imagine a realistic path to championship contention in the near future.

Leonsis’ pitch to Wall is that he will spend whatever it takes to win, which is fairly evident given that he awarded nearly $100 million to Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith, and Andrew Nicholson last summer. But that points to another problem altogether.

“I think we’ve proven that we have as much resources and as much tools as anybody in the league and we’re in the tax,” Leonsis said. “We’ll spend whatever we need to get better, but we’re going to get better by keeping our core together and then adding to it.”

Wall – a four-time All-Star – averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, and two steals for his first All-NBA nod last season.

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