The Washington Wizards took a step forward as a franchise last season, entering the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference and pushing the top-seeded Boston Celtics to seven games in the conference semifinals before they were eliminated.
This offseason, the Wizards locked up forward Otto Porter Jr. to a long-term contract. He joins star guard Bradley Beal as a player under team control for the next few seasons.
However, star point guard John Wall remains unsigned and will enter the 2017-18 season in the second-to-last year of his current deal unless something changes soon.
Though losing Wall to free agency in two summers would be devastating for the Wizards, owner Ted Leonsis isn't sweating it just yet. He told reporters that he believes Wall will eventually sign the max extension the team has offered to him:
Wall is eligible for a massive extension and the Wizards have offered him a 4-year, $170 million super-max deal, but the former Kentucky star hasn't signed it yet and is thinking over his options.
Wall told the Washington Post that he basically just wants to make sure the Wizards are taking the necessary moves to compete long-term if he is going to sign a lengthy contract to stay in Washington D.C.:
“I just want to kind of see what they do throughout free agency, talk to my family, talk to my agency and my managers and see what we want to do,” Wall told The Washington Post after walking the red carpet Monday night. “It’s definitely a place I want to be … I’ve just got to make sure things are going in the right direction, and make sure we are building the team in the way we want to be, and don’t get locked up in a situation where you might not feel comfortable.
“But I love being in Washington, I love playing there, and there’s not another city I’d really want to play for.”
Wall will make $37 million over the final two years of his current deal, so no matter what he does, he won't be hurting for money anytime soon.
However, after the Wizards locked up Porter for the long-term earlier this month, Wall may be convinced to sign his own contract extension.
Or, if he wants to, he has the ability to wait and see what the Wizards do on the free-agent market next season, too, before he makes any final decisions about his NBA future.News Now - Sport News