There is little doubt that Washington Wizards guard John Wall is one of the most talented basketball players on the planet. That was obvious when he was still in high school, it was obvious when he was starring at Kentucky, and it remains obvious now.
And as a reward for that talent, Wall is about to get paid commensurately. According to TNT’s David Aldridge, Wall is signing a four-year, $170 million extension with the Wizards, the only team he has ever played for:
John Wall has agreed to the designated player veteran exception in Washington, per source, that will pay him a total of $207M through 2023.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 22, 2017
Because Wall made third team All-NBA this past season, he is eligible for the league’s designated player extension, which allows him to get paid an additional amount above the traditional max salary. Wall’s extension will not kick in until 2019, which means he will remain with the team through 2023, when he will be 32 years old.