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John Wall remains undecided about signing extension with Wizards, commits to better conditioning

John Wall remains undecided about signing extension with Wizards, commits to better conditioning

LAS VEGAS -- The designated veteran player extension remains on the table for John Wall to sign with the Wizards, which would be a maximum four-year extension to his current deal if he signs it before the 2017-18 regular season. He's not in a rush to do it and put some of the focus on himself to be better prepared. 

As CSN reported two months ago, Wall is the Wizards' top priority but he also wanted to see a bigger picture before making such a major decison. Wall confirmed that with Monday's comments.

The Wizards began last season 2-8 in their first season with coach Scott Brooks, rebounded to finish 49-33 and advanced to Game 7 of the conference semifinals. 

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"Not yet," Wall said of making a decision on what to do entering his eighth season. "Everybody knows where I want to be. ...We've been in the same position over and over. We finally found a way to get over that hump with us as indivduals, as players, coaching staff, GM, everybody we got to make ourselves better. We got to improve. Everybody has to improve every year. I got to improve and be in better shape and condition to be able to close out games so I won't be fatigued."

Wall, who has two years left on a five-year deal that was an $80 million max at the time he signed it, had surgeries to both knees after the Wizards missed the playoffs in 2015-16. Brooks told his point guard, who made the All-NBA team for the first time in his career, that he wanted him to get his weight down during their rocky start.

While watching the Wizards lose to the Miami Heat 91-87 behind a team-high 18 points from Sheldon Mac in their second Las Vegas summer league game, Wall looked substantially more fit. He'll return to Los Angeles to continue his offseason workout program before going to Miami where he plans to wrap up before training camp.

The Wizards are 0-2 in summer league. Jared Cunningham had 16 points off the bench and Chris McCullough had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. They'll play their final game of group play Tuesday vs. the Chicago Bulls. 

[RELATED: Wall is finally getting the attention he deserves as a superstar]

 

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

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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.

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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.

MORE WIZARDS' ROSTER PREVIEWS:

Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

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