With Otto Porter signed to a max deal this summer, the Washington Wizards full attention is on their superstar John Wall. The Wizards offered the 26-year old a super max extension that is worth roughly $170 million over four years. That would pay him over $42 million per season matching or exceeding the per year average salary of James Harden’s signed extension, making him the highest-paid player in the NBA.
However, Wall has yet to sign the massive extension. Instead he is taking his time to decide. He has previously express his desire to discuss the matter with his family after observing the Wizards’ offseason, which many would call lackluster.
“I’m just chillin’. Just trying to figure out to negotiate it and manipulate it the way you want it to be,” Wall said per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. “Everybody know where I want to play and where I want to be. Everybody took it the wrong way [when it was reported] I wanted to wait. It’s a big decision. I love D.C.”
Speculation has grown on whether Wall would sign the Designated Player Extension, as the days have passed without him doing so. Fans may be worried of an eventual departure, especially after his less than enthusiastic comments on the re-signing of Porter. However, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is not concerned, and confident Wall will eventually sign the super max extension.
“My prediction is John Wall will sign his extension,” Leonsis said, per Buckner. “He wants to be here, and my goal is to have no drama.”
Wall qualified for the super max extension under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement after he was named to the third team All-NBA following the 2016-17 season. He put up career numbers in multiple categories with 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 48.0 percent on two-point field goals.
He could bet his hand to follow up with another impressive campaign next season. If he is named to another All-NBA team, he would increase his extension past $200 million over five years. However, he runs the risk of missing the All-NBA nod, losing his super max status if he chooses not to sign this summer. He is under contract with the Wizards for two more seasons.
Still, turning down the highest annual average salary in NBA history would be sort of baffling, unless he was unhappy with the direction of the Wizards’ organization. Leonsis’ goal of “no drama” speaks volumes to the situation that may be at hand. Until Wall signs to make the deal official, it’s safe to assume he could go either way with his decision.