John Wall has agreed to the designated player veteran exception with the Wizards, meaning the All-Star guard is on board for a a four-year, $170 million extension starting in 2019, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports. Including the final two years and $37 million left on his current deal, Wall is set to earn $207 million through 2023.
Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN on The BBall Breakdown Podcast:
I think I reported this on SportsCenter this week. He saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year – in between the first round, when they beat Indiana, and the second round, when they played Toronto – go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice.
On that stage. It’s one thing to say people go through their ups and downs in the regular season. But when you get to the playoffs, when the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers, and we’re pulling together to get this thing done – even at that level, there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates.
Irving approached Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in July and asked to be traded, though there have been no offers so far that Cleveland would truly consider as an option.
Despite setting career highs last season with 25.2 points per game and a 47.3 field goal percentage, the 25-year-old is hoping to move on from Cleveland in an effort to escape the shadow of LeBron James.
Reduction in single-game road trips over 2,000 miles by 67 percent; there are only 11 of them on schedule.