Will the Wizards give John Wall a max contract? According to several persons with knowledge of the situation who talked with CSN Washington, all the signals point to the answer being yes. For the embattled point guard, of course, rewarding him with a max contract is a no-brainer. “If they believe I’m their franchise guy, that I’m the max player that I feel that I am, they’ll do what’s best for them,” Wall told CSN. “I feel like they believe in me. My coaches and my organization believe in me. The owner (Ted Leonsis) and GM (Ernie Grunfeld) believe in me. ... They like what I've been doing lately.” Wall, who makes $5.9 million this season, is a restricted free agent this summer. Grunfeld can sit down with Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, to discuss terms after July 1 when the negotiation period opens. Players with one-to-six years experience are eligible for a max deal that can pay them 25% of his team’s salary cap. For Wall, that would make his max salary $13.5 million this season and he would be eligible for 4.5% raises based on the first-year number each year of the deal. Wall is eligible for as much as a four-year deal, unless the Wizards make him a designated player –- per collective bargaining agreement rules, each team can have one –- which would grant him a five-year deal. In his third season, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick is showing signs that he's finally on the right track. Not surprisingly, the Wizards are 18-15 with him in the lineup after Monday's 119-114 loss at the Charlotte Bobcats. Wall missed the first 33 games of the season with a stress injury to his left knee and struggled with his jump shot and turnovers. He is averaging 15.6 points, 7.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game and shooting a career-high 44.4% from the field. His overall three-point average still lags at 29.2%.
Signs point toward max contract for Wall
CSN Washington | Mar 19