According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, the Washington Wizards have opened up contract negotiations with John Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, in order to secure an extension with the former No.1 overall pick.
The Wizards have begun talking with John Wall’s agent, Dan Fegan, regarding an extension before the regular season, CSN Washington has learned.
Washington has made it clear that they will do anything in their power to keep John Wall in the nation’s capital. Throughout the past several seasons, the Wizards have attempted to assemble a roster around Wall, who they selected first overall in 2010, but have finally managed to establish a core around the young guard.
Since the Wizards are confident in John Wall’s ability to lead the team down the line, they’ll likely lock him up with a max contract extension, which would begin at roughly $14.7 million dollars during the first season of the extension.
Washington seems unwilling, and rightfully so, to let John Wall enter restricted-free agency after next season, because they feel as if it could potentially damage their relationship with one another. During a live game broadcast, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis spoke about John Wall’s future with the Wizards, stating
Free agency is a way we could use to improve the team…We’ll see what we could do with John [Wall] to keep him with the team for a long, long time. I think the fans would expect that, to keep the nucleus of the team together.
Washington has acquired a backup point guard (Eric Maynor) and retained both Martell Webster and Garrett Temple, leaving them with just one task during this off-season.
I’d expect the Wizards to get this deal done swiftly.