It was reported a few days ago that the Washington Wizards were in discussions with John Wall about a contract extension for the PG entering his 4th season in the NBA; an extension that will pay Wall a reported $80 million over the course of the next 5 years. The “Derrick Rose Rule” was implemented in the latest NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement that allowed players to sign contracts for 5 years at 30% of the overall salary cap before the end of their rookie contracts.
After Thursday’s Team USA scrimmage in Vegas, Wall spoke with Michael Lee of the Washington Post and asserted that he was ready for the pressure of being put on the pedestal of a “max contract player”. He would become the 5th PG in the league to have the max contract, joining Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook. All this despite having never won over 30 games in Washington and without making an All-Star team speaks to the crazy potential that Wall possesses, but also to an added pressure to bring the team up a notch with him.
“I’m ready for anything,” Wall said. “I feel like how I’m working this summer and how I felt last season that I knew what it’d take and when I finally got healthy, and I’m putting everything into my game. I’m always improving and I always had challenges growing up and nothing was ever given to me. I always earned it, so I’m willing to do that.”
Based on Wall’s performance in the final 33 games after he returned from injury, averaging 18.5 ppg and showing a shooting touch, particularly from mid-range that he’d never displayed at that level, I would bet money that Wall will take the same step up on the court this season that his bank account is about to take in the offseason.