Roundtable Slideshow: John Wall's Max Extension

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Feb 8, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) attempts a shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

Akbar Naqvi:

I’m all for it. While there are valid questions on whether this deal was done too early, I find the idea that Wall shouldn’t get this deal because of what other players at his position are getting ludicrous. If the Wizards don’t pay Wall, there is no way they’ll be able to get Stephen Curry, Ty Lawson, or Rajon Rondo, at their prices on their team. Guys like Rondo and Curry, especially, are outliers, and many people around the league agree they are severely underpaid. I also think the idea that the team was built around Wall, with him being the 1st pick, plays much more of a factor than people think. Wall is the Wizards.

I also think that Wall’s market value is a lot higher than many people realize. Players of his caliber rarely hit the open market, and I believe a team will not hesitate to throw a max at him. Now, of course, the Wizards would be able to match and most definitely would, but why risk not having your franchise player for 1-2 years more due to a dispute over a few million dollars? Lets also remember that this deal is an investment based on what the Wizards think Wall can do in the next 5 years, it is not a reward for his services in previous years. Wall’s upside and flash of ability warrant this gamble in my opinion, and I have full confidence that Wall will prove himself worthy of it.

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