The Washington Wizards have not made a lot of smart moves over the last few years, however they do have a starting back-court that is capable of being one of the best in the Association. The “Washington Post” is reporting that the franchise is negotiating with point guard John Wall on a max-deal contract that would keep him in the Nation’s Capital until 2019. The former Kentucky player was selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. If the two sides reach a deal the 22-year-old point guard would get a reported five-year pact worth $80 million.
Although the Wizards are still far away from even contending for a Playoff slot; any chance of success has to be centered around Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal, the third pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Even though Wall missed 33 games this past season due to injury, it was still his best campaign in his three-years in the NBA, as he averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest. He has averaged 16.9 points, 8.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds for his career. Beal played in 56-games, starting 46 and averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his rookie year.
The two sides have until October 31, to terms, otherwise Wall would become a restricted Free Agent on July 1, of next year.