The Washington Wizards started off the 2012-2013 NBA season without their star point guard, John Wall. While Wall was sidelined with injuries, the Wizards were the worst team in the league. Before Wall’s return in the middle of the season, the Wizards were a putrid 4-28, obviously the worst record in the NBA at the time.
However, once Wall returned, it was clear that this team had a direction and a positive direction at that. In the games after Wall’s return to the lineup, the Wizards went 25-25 and actually had an outside chance of sneaking into the postseason, even though they ultimately fell short of that feat.
Now that the Wizards are expected to have everyone healthy, they are continuing to look towards the future this summer. Not only did they make a solid addition in the 2013 NBA Draft by selecting Otto Porter, but they are now, according to a report from J. Michael of CSN Washington, looking to start talks with Wall about a contract extension as the team has contacted Wall’s agent about starting negotiations.
In 49 total games played last year, Wall played 32.7 minutes per game and averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists, four rebounds and 1.3 steals while shooting a career-high 44.1 percent from the field. Wall is due $7.45 million next season from his rookie contract, but the Wizards could give him a four-year, max deal if they reach an agreement to extend him. There’s also the possibility that the Wizards could name him their franchise’s designated player and give him a five-year deal.
Washington has a while to talk with Wall and try to get the terms of an extension worked out. They have until October 30 to get him signed to an extension or they will have to wait until next off-season. However, with Wall’s talent and how well this team clicks and is built around him, it only makes sense that the Wizards would do everything in their power to get the deal done as soon as possible.