On Wednesday, the Washington Wizards held a press conference officially announcing Otto Porter's four-year, $106.5 million contract extension with the franchise.
The announcement comes almost exactly a year after owner Ted Leonsis, team president Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks sat with Bradley Beal to announce a similar contract extension.
Beal and Porter are two-thirds of the Wizards' superstar core.
John Wall, the face of the franchise, is the third piece to the long-term puzzle and was recently offered a four-year, $170 million "supermax" contract. Wall still has two years and $37 million remaining on his current deal, but the team would love to be able to lock up all three of their core players for the foreseeable future.
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Following the Wednesday press conference, Leonsis was asked about the offer to Wall. He predicts Wall will re-sign with the team.
“I told everybody that we would keep Bradley Beal, and already everyone is talking about the John Wall extension,” Leonsis said to a group of reporters following the press conference. “So my prediction is John Wall will sign his extension. He wants to be here and my goal is to have no drama.”
“I told everyone that when John was coming off his rookie contract, we would sign him and he would be our bedrock player." The Wizards did that in 2013, when they re-signed him to a five-year, $80 million deal. But with the Wizards one game shy of 50 regular-season wins and one win shy of the Eastern Conference Finals, the future is as bright as it has ever been for the Wizards.
But when a potential Wall re-signing happens is still up for debate. The team is still moving it forward, but it's not urgent. "We're moving forward. We're still talking about that," Grunfeld said on Wednesday. "There's no urgency to it. Obviously, we would like to have John finish his career here."
Keeping Wall in D.C. long-term is the goal, and Leonsis is hopeful that it will get done.
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