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Wall succeeds in inking a new deal with the Wizards

WASHINGTON – The Washington Wizards have locked up John Wall for the next several years.

On Friday, the Wizards held a news conference to announce the signing of Wall’s multi-year extension with the National Basketball Association franchise.

Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 campaign. Wall’s new deal starts with the 2019-20 season.

“We’re so pleased to have him here and have him part of this organization,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said.

Wall was joined at the news conference by Grunfeld, majority owner Ted Leonsis and head coach Scott Brooks. His friends and family were also in attendance along with various media, fans and other supporters.

Last season, Wall averaged career highs in scoring (23.1), field goal percentage (.451), assists (10.7) and steals (2.0). In addition to being named an Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December and a two-time Player of the Week honoree, Wall earned All-NBA Third Team honors and set the single-season franchise record for assists (831).

Wall’s individual accolades have carried over to the team; the Wizards won the Southeast Division title last season and returned to the playoffs, joining Cleveland as the only other team in the East to advance to the semifinals in three of the last four seasons.

 “We’re getting better and better each year,” said Wall.

In 2016-17, Wall became the fourth player in team history to make four consecutive All-Star game appearances and also became the first player in league history to average at least 20 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and 0.5 blocks per game for a season.

“He’s not only one of the best point guards in the league,” said Brooks, “he’s one of the best players in the league.”

 During his seven-year tenure with the franchise, Wall has averaged 18.8 points, 9.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 500 games including 488 starts.

“We think we have one of the biggest and best stars in the NBA,” said Leonsis.

The Wizards won 49 games last season and earned first round home court advantage in the playoffs but still came up short. Washington fell to Boston in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 115-105.

“We want to go deeper into the playoffs and be able to compete for championships,” said Leonsis.

Wall’s contract extension should help solidify the Wizards as a perennial playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.

Brooks and the entire Washington community are banking that Wall will help bring another championship banner to the NBA franchise, something that hasn’t happened since the 1977-78 campaign when the Washington Bullets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics.

“He just has that winning, competitive spirit you need to have to be a successful team,” said Brooks.

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