It was first reported a couple weeks ago that The Washington Wizards and John Wall were working towards a max contract extension. It seems the two parties have come to an agreement.
Source: John Wall has officially signed a maximum contract extension worth approximately $80 million over 5 years #wizards
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) July 31, 2013
Wall is entering his fourth year in the NBA and the last year of his rookie deal, making him eligible for an extension. He averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 7.6 assists last season. Due to a knee injury Wall was sidelined for the first 33 games last year, in which the Wizards went an awful 5-28. Once he came back they finished the season with a 29-53 record, winning 24 of their last 49 games. Wall started to look like the star Washington was looking for when they drafted him No. 1 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
It has been somewhat of a struggle for Wall in his first few years as a pro. He has never been able to be a constant scoring threat, shooting only 42 percent over his career. This is in large part due to his unreliable jump shot and his inability to control his speed. Wall seemed to have only two different paces, super fast or completely at a standstill. Towards the end of last season he showed more versatility getting to the paint and and started to show a little consistency in his jumper.
Despite a rough first few seasons the Wizards see what Wall is truly capable of and wanted to lock him up as soon as possible. It is understandable why they would, because he showed signs as to what he could be for the future. Wall worked especially well with rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal. Once Wall came back from his knee injury, Beal was able to play off the ball and benefit from Wall’s play making ability.
It would probably have been better for the Wizards to wait and try to get a discount on his contract. Worst case scenario was to let him sign an offer sheet as a restricted free agent next offseason. Washington would then be able to match any offer and retain him for that price. In the end keeping Wall is great for the Wizards, and look for him to prove why he is worth every bit of his max deal in the upcoming NBA season.