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John Wall's new contract with Wizards, by the numbers

John Wall's new contract with Wizards, by the numbers

John Wall earned a massive pay raise over the weekend when he and the Wizards agreed to a four-year, $170 million contract that will begin with the 2019-20 season. Here are some notes and numbers to consider with Wall's new deal...

*Wall does not immediately jump Bradley Beal and Otto Porter as the highest paid player on the team. He will make just over $18 million in 2017-18 and $19.1 million the following season as he plays out the rest of his first max contract.

*When Wall's contract kicks in for the 2019-20 season, he will make $37.8 million to start. By then the question of who is the highest paid athlete in D.C., if anyone cares, could get interesting. Wall will be making a ton of money, but will Bryce Harper of the Nationals surpass that number? Wall's will only go up from there. 

[RELATED: Wall and Wizards' union is a rare display of commitment]

*Here is how Wall's salary breaks out over the course of his six years under contract:

2017-18 - $18.063 million

2018-19 - $19.169 million

2019-20 - $37.800 million

2020-21 - $40.824 million

2021-22 - $43.848 million

2022-23 - $46.872 million

Via Spotrac

[RELATED: How will Wall develop over the course of his contract?]

*The Wizards have $125.232 million in payroll committed for the 2017-18 season. They have $127.755 million set for 2018-19, $107.593 million for 2019-20 and $98.065 million for 2020-21. Beal and Porter come off the books following that season.

*Ian Mahinmi is the only Wizards player besides Wall, Beal and Porter with a contract past the 2018-19 season.

*Wall's $170 million deal is up there with the biggest contracts ever handed out in the NBA. It's right behind Stephen Curry ($201 million), Blake Griffin ($172 million) and tied with James Harden. Like Harden, Wall's four-year deal is technically just south of $170 million.

*Because it will take two years to kick in, Wall currently remains a bargain in today's NBA. His $18 million will not even rank in the top 45 among players next season.

*Wall's contract will keep him in Washington through the age of 32. He is set to play for the Wizards through his 13th NBA season. That would tie the entire career of legends like Wes Unseld, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale and Isaiah Thomas. Michael Jordan played 13 total years for the Bulls.

[RELATED: John Wall agrees to four-year supermax extension]


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Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 33 - Sneaker special... it's all about the kicks


Wizards Tipoff podcast, Ep. 33 - Sneaker special... it's all about the kicks

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast, we focused entirely on sneakers and how they intersect with the culture of basketball. Chase Hughes and Chris Miller were joined by CSN producers (and sneakerheads) Ajay Atayee and Terrence Stroder in studio.

The four of them brought on two expert guests on the phone. First was Cool Kicks sneaker store owner Daniel Habtemariam. Second was Michael Sykes, a blogger at SB Nation.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

[RELATED: Keef and Dolph: an odd couple friendship within the Wizards' organization]

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Jason Smith's season...

Player: Jason Smith

Position: Power forward/center

Age: 31

2016-17 stats: 74 G, 14.4 mpg, 5.7 ppg, 0.3 apg, 3.5 rpg, 0.3 spg, 0.7 bpg, 52.9 FG%, 47.4 3P%, 68.6 FT%, 58.5 eFG%, 110 ORtg, 108 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Smith's first season in Washington didn't get off to a great start, much like the team as a whole. He was among several players struggling on the Wizards' bench early on, shooting just 36.7 percent from the field in 11.8 minutes a night through 16 games. Smith ultimately found his niche despite inconsistent minutes as a key player on the bench with Ian Mahinmi out most of the year due to injury.

Smith made his impact as an energy guy off the bench. At his best, he disrupted shots in the lane and spread the floor with an improving three-point shot. Smith hit two threes in October, November and December. From January on, Smith made 35 of them at a 46.7 percent clip. By March he was knocking down multiple threes per night on a regular basis.


Smith's emergence as a three-point threat was unexpected, as it happened in his Age 30 season. But it wasn't just luck and it didn't happen overnight. For years Smith practice threes and he had already developed into a solid midrange shooter. It was last year that his range extended beyond the three-point line.

Whether the Wizards can count on Smith to hit threes at a high rate this season is unclear, but that versatility is what could help him remain in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation. If Mahinmi can stay healthy, that will likely mean less minutes for Smith. But if Smith can spread the floor, he can be a nice complement to Mahinmi or Marcin Gortat as a stretch-4.

For as much continuity as there will be in the Wizards' starting lineup, their bench has many new faces. That group also includes Mahinmi, who played only 31 games last year. Smith have a full season in Brooks' system will help him hit the ground running this season in a second unit that will require an adjustment period.

Potential to improve: Chemistry with other bigs, free throw shooting, rim protection.


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