via CSN Washington
The Washington Wizards main goal this off-season is now in play. John Wall, first overall pick in 2010, is established to become their franchise player. A talent like John Wall doesn’t come around every year. Faced with a choice to possibly overpay him or take a hardball stance, the Wizards management appear to prefer the former.
What would they do if they let John Wall walk? Granted, he’s not an ideal player. Talented but perhaps lacking in leadership qualities. No one in the lineup is worth building on, and Wall is a tall (6’4″) point guard with mad athleticism. If he walks, the team will have to take its chances in the lottery again, looking for something they already had.
per CSN Washington:
The Wizards have begun talking with John Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, regarding an extension before the regular season, CSN Washington has learned.
Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, is eligible for up to a four-year, max contract with the Wizards in addition to the final year remaining on his deal that will pay him $7.45 million next season. If he’s named the franchise’s designated player, Wall can get five years.
If the Wizards cannot reach an agreement with him by Oct. 30, talks will have to be tabled until after the 2013-14 regular season.
Despite missing the first 33 games because of a stress injury to his left knee last season, Wall had his best statistical output with 18.5 points per game and 44% shooting. He also averaged 7.6 assists.
Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld wouldn’t comment on the situation or whether or not he expected an agreement to be consummated quickly. But if how quickly he moved in free agency is any indication, Grunfeld would like to get a deal done sooner rather than later. Grunfeld locked up Eric Maynor, Martell Webster and Garrett Temple in the first three days of the free agency.
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