Until now, point guard John Wall has not signed his super max contract extension with the Washington Wizards, fueling speculations that he’s headed to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. “I’m just chilli’n,” Wall said at the NBA Summer League in Vegas when asked about the contract extension. “Just figuring out how to negotiate”. The super max contract will give Wall around $170 in four years, identical to the one signed by James Harden with the Houston Rockets recently.

However, Wall’s non-committal quotes are putting his future with the Wizards in question.

According to Matt Burke of Metro.us, Wall is connected to the reported “super team” that the Lakers are planning to put up in case LeBron James and Paul George move to Los Angeles in 2018. The Wizards, for their part, are in a salary-cap quandary after matching the $106 million offer sheet given by the Brooklyn Nets to Otto Porter.

With Porter’s large contract, it will be hard for the Wizards to sign a superstar-level player to play alongside Wall from the free-agent market. The Wizards can facilitate a trade but their only tradable asset is Kelly Oubre.

Wall wants to play with Paul George

In addition, Wall’s comments about his dream of playing with Paul George added fuel to the fire. During his interview with The Undefeated, Wall said that he’s aware of George’s ultimate goal of “where he wants to be” and “I’m trying to see if we can make something happen”.

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George reportedly wants to join the Lakers in 2018 after the contract that he signed with the Indiana Pacers expires. The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Pacers for George despite the fact that he’ll be a one-year loaner for the team.

Earlier, Bill Simmons of The Ringer reported that James might form a super team with the Lakers that includes George, Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.

LeBron, George and Cousins can all become free agents in 2018. However, Wall will be eligible for free agency in 2019. If the Wizards feel that Wall will not sign a contract extension, then they might trade him next summer instead of allowing him to leave without getting anything in return.

Wizards confident of signing Wall to extension

Wizards team owner Ted Leonsis expressed confidence that Wall will sign a long-term extension with the Wizards without any drama.

"My prediction is John Wall will sign his extension," Leonsis told the Washington Post. According to Brian Windhorst, the Wizards offered Wall a super max contract extension on July 1. Last season, Wall averaged 23.1 points and 10.7 assists a game and made it to the All-NBA Third Team.

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