Washington Wizards begin talks on John Wall extension, according to report

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J Michael of CSN Washington reports that the Wizards have begun talks with John Wall and his agent regarding an extension.

The Wizards have begun talks regarding a contract extension for John Wall, according to J Michael of CSN Washington. After presumably wrapping up free agency with the signings of Eric Maynor, Martell Webster, and Garrett Temple, it looks as if the front office has shifted their focus on locking up their former No. 1 pick.

An extension won't kick in until the start of the 2014-15 season, so doing so now would be a vote of confidence from the front office to their star point guard. Wall told Michael Lee of the Washington Post in late March that he would be "hurt" if he didn't receive a new contract this summer.

Talks will certainly be centered around whether the franchise believes Wall is worth the five-year maximum extension, which would start at just under $14 million and is designated to just one player per team under the new collective bargaining agreement. After slowly making his return from a stress injury in his knee, Wall began to hit his stride following the All Star break, averaging close to 21 points and eight assists on 44 percent shooting. The Wizards went 24-25 since his return.

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