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John Wall, Wizards agree to 5-year maximum contract extension

John Wall and the Wizards have agreed to a five-year, maximum contract extension worth around $80 million that will keep the star point guard in D.C. through the 2018-19 season.

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Investing now to invest later

The Wizards believe that spending money now on John Wall will help them win battles to spend money on top free agents in the future. Is that the right strategy in a capped league?

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Family, free-agent wooing inspire Wall, Wiz

Emboldened by his family, a matured John Wall hopes he can be the leader, superstar and free-agent recruiter the Wizards have been waiting for.

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The full John Wall press conference

Archived by Monumental Network, in case you missed it.

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Satoransky not thrilled with Wall's new deal

The Wizards' second-round draft pick in 2012 admitted in an interview that the Wizards are "not an ideal situation for me" because of John Wall's new maximum contract.

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4 ways for Wall to improve

Now that John Wall is an $80 million man, what does he need to do to get to the next level?

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John Wall reacts

Other reactions from Ted Leonsis, Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman are on Monumental Network.

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Wiz make it official, 2 p.m. press conference

"Since drafting John with the first overall pick, we have been impressed with his maturation, hard work and commitment to our franchise," said Monumental Sports and Entertainment Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner and CEO Ted Leonsis. "He is the cornerstone of our team, and we have clearly expressed our desire to build around him well before making it official by re-signing him today. We are extremely confident in his leadership abilities and are excited to see the continued improvement of the team."

Via a press release announcing Wall's extension. Press conference is at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
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Done deal: Wall signs max contract

The deed is done. John Wall has signed a maximum contract extension, according to the Washington Post.

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'Almost there'

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Max contract on track, August 1 announcement expected

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Wall ready for max-contract pressure

The Wizards' star player told reporters that he's ready to assume the pressure of being a max-contract player, assuming the deal gets done.

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"Why wait?"

Although the Wizards have until Oct. 31 to sign Wall to avoid allowing former No. 1 overall pick to become a restricted free agent next summer, one person with knowledge of the situation said, "If you know you want to give somebody the max, why wait?"

Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
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Important John Wall max contract considerations

There are some relevant discussion points when thinking about John Wall getting a max contract, but there are others that you'll hear that don't mean diddly squat. We consider which is which in this piece.

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Woj: Deal almost done, some details remain

There's strong belief on both sides that an agreement will be reached soon, but there are still contractual details and terms that need to be agreed upon before it can be formalized, league sources said.

Yahoo! Sports
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John Wall on his contract negotiations

"I don’t know," Wall said when asked where the negotiations stand. "I haven’t even talked to [the Wizards] about it. We’ll figure it out when I’m done with this. … I feel like my organization and fron- office people do a great job, my agent [does] a great job of handling that. My main thing is just to enjoy myself while I’m here at the USA minicamp. Just knowing I’ve got my country across my chest, it’s the biggest thing to me."

Sports Illustrated.
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Wiz begin extension talks with Wall

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

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Wall names 8 point guards better than him

John Wall did a wide-ranging interview with David Aldridge of NBA.com (scroll down) last night. During the interview, Wall and Aldridge collectively named eight point guards that are currently better than the Wizards' third-year man.

"You've got Chris Paul, Russell [Westbrook]," he said Sunday night. "Derrick [Rose] right now. I'd say Kyrie [Irving]'s up there, doing pretty good. I like [Portland's] Damian Lillard. I'd say he's up there in that category. He's playing out of his mind, to play like he's a rookie. I feel like those years in college really helped him. I feel like they'd be the top."

He agrees, when Rajon Rondo's name is mentioned, that Rondo is better. He goes along with Denver's Ty Lawson, and volunteers Golden State's Stephen Curry. And that's the list. Eight better.

(Tony Parker is not mentioned; I'd guess that's an oversight).

That all leads into a discussion of whether Wall is truly a max-contract player. Aldridge concludes that Wall should get a five-year deal that's slightly less than the max.

One other takeaway: Wall strongly endorsed the additions of Martell Webster, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. Wall said those players care about winning and gave him confidence to shoot freely, unlike previous teammates that "weren't very professional about their job."

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Ric Bucher's thoughts on Wall Max

Interesting thoughts from Ric Bucher about the Wall max contract discussions and the new CBA. I agree with Ric here and that's why I'm fine with the max for Wall.

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Prediction: Wall gets the 5-year max this year

Think I'm wrong? Well, you're probably not alone.

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Wise weighs in on Wall Max Contract Saga

It's hard to separate fact from opinion in Mike Wise's column on the John Wall Max Contract Debate (which is understandable, of course: it's a column), but this line was interesting nonetheless.

If the Wizards don't attempt to re-sign Wall this offseason, he is as good as gone. They shouldn't run the risk of upsetting Wall and losing him for nothing, simply on principle that he might be worth less.

That seems hard to believe given the obvious advantage the Wizards would have in matching any offer if Wall hits restricted free agency, but the idea that the Wizards shouldn't overrated principle is one that has been noted by several here as well.

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Wall would be 'hurt' if no extension by October

Yesterday was apparently John Wall Max Contract Interview Day. On the heels of a CSN Washington report that "signals point" to Wall getting a max contract, Wall told Michael Lee of the Washington Post that he would be "hurt" if he didn't receive a new deal this summer.

"I would be hurt. I feel like anybody should that feels like they are a franchise guy and proven themselves and still working to develop and get better. But this is a business and you have to deal with the stuff that comes with it and goes with it. I leave that up to those guys, but I love playing for D.C. I love this team, my staff, my teammates."

Wall is eligible to receive an extension this summer that would kick in before the 2014-15 season. Because of NBA rules, the Wizards have exclusive rights to negotiate with Wall from July 1 to October 31. If the Wizards and Wall cannot work out a new deal before then, he will become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season.

Lee reports that the Wizards have "budgeted to keep Wall with the organization for a long time," but that's not exactly news. Of course you would plan on keeping Wall for a long time. As discussed yesterday, the question is price (max or no max) and timing.

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'Signals point' to Wall getting a max deal?

One report suggests that "all the signals point" to John Wall receiving a maximum contract extension, but this report yields many more questions than answers.

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Wall feels he's a max-contract player

Grantland's Zach Lowe, one of the very best hoops writers the Internet has to offer, published a complete transcript of a one-on-one interview he did with John Wall prior to Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. In the interview, Wall said that he thinks he is good enough to merit a max contract.

Have you started thinking about your contract extension talks yet?

I haven't started thinking about that.

Really? The deadline isn't that far away.

That's true. Look, I'm just enjoying D.C. This hasn't been going the way we wanted it to, in terms of winning, but I think we are building something here.

Do you feel like you deserve a max contract? That you're a max guy?

I feel like I am. I do, definitely.

Now, I wouldn't read too much into this. Lowe asked Wall the question straight-up, and Wall isn't going to say he doesn't deserve a max contract. But as Lowe notes earlier, the deadline for an early extension is approaching (the end of October, to be specific), and the five-year max is a tough sell at this point.

There's a lot more to the interview, particularly on the technical side with Wall's defense and perimeter shot. The whole thing is absolutely worth a read.

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