John Wall can hear the Washington Wizards‘ safe being opened. The wheel has been spun, the numbers have been punched and now it’s a fact of how much the Wizards are taking out to give their point guard.
Reports say that both sides are nearing an agreement that would put Wall in the nation’s capital for quite some time. This deal has been a longtime coming and Washington has no choice but to extend its franchise player. However, those you thinking that the Wiz are going to get Wall on the cheap should think again. The former first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft is looking for a max contract similar to what the Houston Rockets just gave to Dwight Howard — DH12 was given a four-year deal worth a total of $88 million this summer.
Conversely, the Wizards’ front office is hoping that Wall will eventually settle for a deal that resembles the one that Stephen Curry signed with the Golden State Warriors in November of 2012 which was worth just $44 million over four years.
It’s a nature of the beast in the NBA: top-notch players are bound to get top dollar and someone is going to pony up the cash for an All-Star talent like Wall. Thus, the Wizards have no choice but to do their due diligence and give Wall the farm. Let’s hope that this deal works out better for Washington works out better than the Gilbert Arenas deal did.