LAS VEGAS -- The designated veteran player extension remains on the table for John Wall to sign with the Wizards, which would be a maximum four-year extension to his current deal if he signs it before the 2017-18 regular season. He's not in a rush to do it and put some of the focus on himself to be better prepared.
As CSN reported two months ago, Wall is the Wizards' top priority but he also wanted to see a bigger picture before making such a major decison. Wall confirmed that with Monday's comments.
The Wizards began last season 2-8 in their first season with coach Scott Brooks, rebounded to finish 49-33 and advanced to Game 7 of the conference semifinals.
"Not yet," Wall said of making a decision on what to do entering his eighth season. "Everybody knows where I want to be. ...We've been in the same position over and over. We finally found a way to get over that hump with us as indivduals, as players, coaching staff, GM, everybody we got to make ourselves better. We got to improve. Everybody has to improve every year. I got to improve and be in better shape and condition to be able to close out games so I won't be fatigued."
Wall, who has two years left on a five-year deal that was an $80 million max at the time he signed it, had surgeries to both knees after the Wizards missed the playoffs in 2015-16. Brooks told his point guard, who made the All-NBA team for the first time in his career, that he wanted him to get his weight down during their rocky start.
While watching the Wizards lose to the Miami Heat 91-87 behind a team-high 18 points from Sheldon Mac in their second Las Vegas summer league game, Wall looked substantially more fit. He'll return to Los Angeles to continue his offseason workout program before going to Miami where he plans to wrap up before training camp.
The Wizards are 0-2 in summer league. Jared Cunningham had 16 points off the bench and Chris McCullough had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. They'll play their final game of group play Tuesday vs. the Chicago Bulls.