The inevitable finally happened on August 1st. Former number one overall pick, John Wall, received the max contract extension (worth approximately 5-year/$80 million dollars) from the Washington Wizards.
Despite the incoming criticism, it’s virtually impossible to dispute Washington’s argument for giving Wall that enormous deal which will keep him in the nation’s capital for the next five years. Without John Wall, the Washington Wizards are one of the worst basketball teams in the NBA and the time to pay their number one asset unfortunately came quickly. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis seems confident that Wall could eventually lead Washington to the next level, and that’s evidently reflected in the fast motion both parties agreed to the deal.
Is John Wall worth the contract? Could he eventually live up to such high expectations? We’ll let those questions answer themselves, but for now, we’ll have to consider the opinions of those who have followed John Wall and the Washington Wizards ever since he’s stepped foot in the Verizon Center.
Wiz of Awes’ staff has various opinions on the topic and I asked them to react to the news which became official yesterday afternoon.