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Being named part of the All-NBA Third Group following a profitable 2016-17 run with the Washington Wizards made John Wall eligible for the Designated Participant Exception beneath the brand new collective bargaining settlement – and fairly the payday.
So why is it taking him so lengthy to signal on the dotted line and decide to the Wizards when there’s a lot cash on the desk?
“I am simply chillin’. Simply making an attempt to determine to barter it and manipulate it the best way you need it to be,” Wall stated Monday on the Wizards’ summer time-league recreation, based on The Washington Publish’s Candace Buckner. “Everyone know the place I need to play and the place I need to be. Everyone took it the fallacious approach (when it was reported) I needed to attend. It is a huge choice. I really like D.C.
“Every thing I do, I do it for the town of D.C., I achieve this a lot locally. If it wasn’t for the love of that, I would not do it.”
The 26-yr-previous nonetheless has two years remaining on his contract that may take him by means of 2018-19, at which era a possible 4-yr extension would kick in, paying him roughly $one hundred seventy million throughout that span.
If Wall inks the tremendous-max, it might appear to point he is assured the Wizards can problem for an NBA championship, as he’d play within the nation’s capital by means of his prime. He was outspoken prior to now about his want to compete alongside fellow All-Star Paul George to assist expedite that course of, however that is not within the playing cards (for now) after George was dealt to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder.
Washington ended this previous season with a forty nine-33 document, ultimately falling within the second spherical of the playoffs in seven video games to the Boston Celtics. Since choosing Wall first general in 2010, the Wizards have certified for the postseason on three events, solely to be eradicated within the convention semifinals every time.