WASHINGTON — John Wall has missed about one-quarter of the games since he was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. He hasn’t been an All-Star. His team hasn’t won more than 29 games in a regular season.
Yet his game — and his team — got considerably better when he returned from an injury last season, and he remains the cornerstone of the Washington Wizards, who took the calculated risk Wednesday of signing the point guard to a contract extension. Two people familiar with the deal say it’s a max deal, worth about $80 million over five years.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team’s announcement Wednesday did not reveal financial terms. A news conference will be held Thursday.
“He is the cornerstone of our team,” Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said in the team’s release announcing the extension. “And we have clearly expressed our desire to build around him.”
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Wall was the top overall pick in the 2010 draft after playing one season of college basketball at Kentucky, immediately becoming the prime building block for a Wizards club that now has missed the playoffs each of the past five seasons.
Wall is one of just four players in NBA history to average at least 16.5 points, 8.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals over his career, joining an exclusive list that includes all-star Chris Paul and Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.
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