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John Wall agrees to four-year extension with Wizards

John Wall agrees to four-year extension with Wizards

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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By signing Wall to four more years, the Wizards have locked up their three core players, including Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, through the 2019-20 season. Like Beal and Wall, Porter is under contract through the following season, but he could choose to leave in free agency through a player option. Porter signed his new contract on July 13, a four-year max deal worth $106.5 million.

Wall had the best season of his career in 2016-17, averaging 23.1 poitns, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He was a driving force behind the Wizards' best season as a franchise since the 1970s. Not since 1979 had they won 49 games, their division or reached the seventh game of the second round of the playoffs.

Now with Wall, Beal and Porter locked up for the foreseeable future, the Wizards can continue to build on an era that has already seen three appearances in the postseason's second round. It all began with Wall getting drafted in 2010 and now it is ensured he will get to finish what he and the Wizards have started.

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Best moments from the Wizards' statement win over the Bucks

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Best moments from the Wizards' statement win over the Bucks

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 99-88 win over the Bucks on Monday night in Milwaukee...

1. Remember how the Wizards didn't like Giannis Antetokounmpo running up the score on them last year? Antetokounmpo was at it again getting under the Wizards' skin on Monday night.

Early on he decided to instigate an argument with Markieff Morris after drawing an and-1 foul call:

Antetokounmpo knows who he was messing with, right? 

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2. Otto Porter finished this game with a game-high +22 in the box score. He had 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

This was his best highlight. Left with little time on the shot clock, Porter hit one from way downtown:

3. Bradley Beal (23 points) got Antetokounmpo back with a sick play later in the second quarter. Beal caught Antetokounmpo from behind with a chasedown block, then stared at him for good measure:

That's cold blooded.

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4. That was Beal's best play, but this one put him in the history books. Beal hit a three to become the youngest player in NBA history to get to 700 career three-pointers:

Of course Wall was the one with the assist. We've seen that before.

5. Wall had a solid night with 15 points and six assists as he battled a swollen left knee. It didn't bother him much on this play:

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Wizards continue dominance of Bucks with huge road win

Wizards continue dominance of Bucks with huge road win

The Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-88 on Monday night.

Here's analysis of what went down...

Statement Win:

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks still have a ways to go if they plan on catching up to the Washington Wizards.

In what has become a five-year trend, the Wizards continue to have Milwaukee's number. The Wizards have now won 15 of their last 20 meetings going back to 2012. There is no question the Bucks are one of the most talented young teams in the NBA, but John Wall and the Wizards have absolutely owned them.

Wall was able to return after missing Sunday's game and that was a big storyline, but Kelly Oubre, Jr. stole the show. He came through with 18 points in 22 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting. That included 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 3-for-5 from three-point range.

All five Wizards starters reached double figures and the same was the case for the Bucks. Marcin Gortat (10 points, 15 rebounds) took advantage of the Bucks being the NBA's worst rebounding team. Otto Porter (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Bradley Beal (23 points) also came up big.

Antetokounmpo had 23 points, but shot just 38.1 percent from the field. The Wizards were playing the second game of a back-to-back, but it was the Bucks who looked sluggish.

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Wall Played:

After missing Sunday's game against the Raptors with a swollen left knee, Wall returned to the Wizards lineup on Monday in time to face one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Wall's presence certainly helped, though it didn't appear like he is fully back to 100 percent.

Wall didn't have the same burst we are used to, and he didn't shoot well, but he was productive. He finished with 15 points and six assists.

Wall looked to be more cautious than he was on Friday night against the Heat, when he was held back by the injury.

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Beal Makes History:

With his first three of the game in the third quarter, Beal made history as the youngest player ever to hit 700 threes in the NBA.
Naturally, it was assisted by Wall.

Here's the play:

The list of players with the most three-pointers before their 25th birthday is a great one and it includes another Wizard:

1. Gilbert Arenas: 24 years, 316 days (779)
2. J.R. Smith: 24 years, 149 days (777)
3. Kyrie Irving: 24 years, 364 days (701)
4. Kevin Durant: 24 years, 198 days (701)
5. Bradley Beal: 24 years, 145 days (700)

 

Giannis & 'Keef Ignite Fireworks:

Anytime these teams face each other these days, it's worth recalling how the Wizards didn't like Antetokounmpo staying in late in a game last December to chase his career-high. Though there were no major dustups in this one, there were two moments that suggested the Wizards do not care much for the Greek Freak.

This first one was instigated by Antetokounmpo. Early in the first quarter he drew a foul on Markieff Morris and then talked some trash.

The play earned both players technical fouls.

Then, in the second quarter Beal caught Antetokounmpo with a chasedown block. Aftewards, Beal gave him a nice stare as he walked by:

A playoff series between these teams would be fun to watch.

 

Up Next:

The Wizards have a day off before heading to Charlotte to see the Hornets for the first time this season.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus.