John Wall: “I’m getting paid the same as Reggie Jackson”
Two years ago, John Wall signed a five-year, $80 million extension with the Wizards. It was the max he could sign for, and as the Wizards’ franchise player and one of the league’s best point guards, he was absolutely deserving of that deal. Since then, though, the league’s new TV deal and the influx of money have led to a lot more contracts that size. Wall’s a little annoyed at what now looks like a deal that’s below market value.
Wall has a point, and this has long been a gripe that the NBA’s top players have had with the concept of the maximum salary. The league’s superstars are artificially capped in the amount of money they can earn, while lesser players’ values get inflated because of the market. Surely this will be a topic of discussion in the CBA negotiations in 2017.