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John Wall's new contract with Wizards official: 'It was an easy decision'

John Wall's new contract with Wizards official: 'It was an easy decision'

With his signature now on paper, John Wall's new contract with the Wizards, one that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 season, is official. The team made the announcement Wednesday evening with quotes from owner Ted Leonsis, team president Ernie Grunfeld and Wall himself included in a press release.

Wall, 26, will make around $170 million over four years beginning with the 2019-20 season. He was already under contract for about $37 million total for the next two years.

Once Wall made the All-NBA team following this past season he became eligible for the $170 million supermax contract. It took weeks to put together, but Wall says an agreement was never in doubt.

“Returning to the only team I’ve known in my professional career was an easy decision for me,” Wall said. “I want to thank my family, Mr. Leonsis, Ernie Grunfeld, all of my coaches and my teammates for their amazing support over the last seven years. I understand my role as the leader of this franchise and I will continue to work hard to improve my game and make our team better. Washington, D.C., is my second home and I take seriously my efforts in the community and look forward to strengthening that bond. Our fans are amazing and I’m excited to bring them and this city continued success and a team they can be proud of.”

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Leonsis touted the organization's plan to build through the draft and how the retention of Wall proves it is working.

"John is an exceptional talent and a cornerstone for our team – and our city,” Leonsis said. “This signing means stability for the Wizards for years to come and solidifies our commitment to drafting and then developing talent here at home.  It’s John’s unique blend of skill and leadership that makes us a championship-caliber team.”

Grunfeld noted how this could further cement Wall's legacy with the franchise. Wall will have played 13 years with the Wizards by the end of this deal.

“John’s passion for winning, dedication to his teammates and commitment to the community have been on display since we drafted him seven years ago,” Grunfeld said. “He has constantly worked to improve and expand his game and has developed into an All-NBA player who has elevated our franchise and electrified our fans. We are thrilled that he will continue to lead us through the prime years of his career and look forward to watching as he solidifies his place among the greatest players in our team’s history.”

Last season Wall averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He and the Wizards won 49 games and their division for the first time in 38 years.

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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.