Remember when John Wall complained about having no billboards in Washington?
The Wizards’ best season (49-33, reaching Game 7 of the second round) in nearly four decades plus a super-max contract extension projected to be worth $169 million over four years have Wall singing a different tune.
Wall, via Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports:
“I think a lot of players want to be in a certain place. Who wouldn’t want to be in L.A.? Who wouldn’t want to be in Miami? Those are amazing cities. Well, I’m in one of the best cities you want to be, in D.C. So I’m fine,” Wall told The Vertical
“You never know where you can be, anything can happen. I’m just glad I can be one of those guys that can say, ‘I’m still here.’ My ultimate goal is to try to be one of those guys that play my whole career with one team.”
“I know where I want to be. I know who I’m committed to,” Wall told The Vertical. “I could see if they did something disloyal to me, where I could be, ‘I got something on them, I’m going to pay them back.’ They have done nothing to me but been loyal to me. They stuck with me. They could’ve been, ‘Oh, he’s injury-prone, he’s not doing this, we’ve got to get rid of this guy.’ They’ve stuck with me through those tough times. And the player and the person that I’ve become now, is the same reason why I stuck with those guys.”
The Wizards have been extremely loyal to Wall. They’ve offered him two max contract extensions without fuss. His name never comes up in trade rumors. These are the types of things that fly under the radar until he brings up how much he appreciates them.
Wall will be in Washington at least another year, as the super-max extension prohibits a trade for that period. The Wizards are too far along building a team around Wall’s talents to deal him anytime soon anyway, anyway. He can’t become a free agent again until 2022, and that would require declining a player option projected to be worth about $47 million.
So, it appears Wall will be in Washington for a while. The rest of his career? It often doesn’t work out that way, but he has already spent seven years with the Wizards and is under contract for another six. That’s a big head start.
For now, it’s just nice Wall seems so happy in Washington.