YouWager has learned that the Washington Wizards want to extend the contract of star point guard John Wall. This new contract is likely to be in the five-year, $80 million range.
Wall is currently in Las Vegas as part of USA Basketball’s minicamp featuring 28 players vying for spots on the 2014 team that will participate in the FIBA World Cup in Spain, as well as the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The 22 year-old player is eligible to sign an extension until Oct. 31. Wall had become a restricted free agent without a deal by that deadline on July 1, 2014.
Even when the North Carolina native did not play nearly half of the 2012-13 NBA season after knee surgery, his strong recovery during the Wizards’ final 49 games and solid connection with fellow young guard Bradley Beal has convinced Washington’s management that the former Kentucky Wildcats star is worthy of a franchise-player contract.
The point guard averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds after return at the beginning of 2013 while shooting a career-best 44.1 percent from the field.