John Wall believes he and Bradley Beal ‘need another shot at it’
Wall said last week he thinks Beal is going to sign a contract extension with the Wizards this summer.
Washington offered Beal a three-year extension worth around $111 million. Beal has until Oct. 21 to make his decision. The sharpshooter can make more money next summer if he makes an All-NBA team in 2019-20. He would qualify for the supermax extension if he makes one of the three All-NBA teams next season.
Wall is likely going to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from an Achilles tear. The All-Star guard wants to make another run with Beal, likely during the 2020-21 season, when he’s healthy again.
“I feel like we need another shot at it,” Wall told Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington. “Everybody knows what type of backcourt we are when we’re both healthy. We’re definitely a tandem nobody wants to deal with.”
The last time John Wall and Bradley Beal were both healthy was during the 2016-17 season. The Wizards won 49 games and lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.
Both Wall and Beal averaged 23.1 points per game in 2016-17.
If he doesn’t sign the Wizards’ extension offer, Beal will make $27 million next season and nearly $29 million in 2020-21, the final year of his contract. Beal, one of the best players in the NBA, averaged 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games last season before undergoing his two season-ending surgeries. His supermax extension kicks in next season.