Owner Ted Leonsis says Wizards are ‘proud of John Wall and how he is progressing’
Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis says the franchise is “proud of John Wall and how he is progressing.”
Wall is recovering from an Achilles tear. The All-Star point guard is widely expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Leonsis said last month he has no problem if Wall sits out all of next season.
We are all proud of John Wall and how he is progressing and working on his recovery – physically, emotionally and psychologically; He's working on his college degree too, and we intend to embrace him as an organization. https://t.co/Dqz7aXXyxG
— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) August 19, 2019
The supermax contract John Wall signed with the Wizards in 2017 kicks in next season. Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games last season for the Wizards before undergoing his two season-ending surgeries.
Wall, who will turn 29 in September, has career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. The five-time All-Star hasn’t been fully healthy since the 2016-17 season. The Wizards won 49 games that season and took the Boston Celtics to seven games in the second round of the playoffs.
Both Wall and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal averaged 23.1 points per game in 2016-17. Beal has two years left on his contract with Washington. The Wizards offered Beal a three-year extension worth $111 million this summer. The sharpshooter has until Oct. 21 to make his decision.
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 in 2018-19 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 wants Beal to sign the extension because he thinks the Wizards can make some noise again once he’s healthy.