John Wall has frequently been vocal in expressing his opinion of being underpaid on his five-year, $80 million max contract extension he signed in 2013 that runs through 18-19.
Under the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, teams can sign designed players to contract extensions at 35 percent of the cap but Wall hasn’t qualified for the criteria.
In order to sign that type of extension, a player has to have achieved All-NBA status, league MVP or Defensive Player of the Year.
“I feel like it’s amazing and crazy because I had my best year, like, two years ago, my second year [as an] all-star, I averaged 20 and 10 and was a starter but couldn’t make all-NBA team,” Wall said. “So I mean, you want those individual accolades but it’s to the point that [if] you get your recognition, then you get it. You only get those [individual honors] by winning. When I did and had an opportunity to win, I still didn’t make it.”
Wall is averaging 24.0 points, 9.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
“We don’t play on TV a lot so a lot of people don’t get to see us play. If you don’t have NBA League Pass and stuff like that, you don’t see the things that I’m doing in the game or what we’re doing trying to win,” Wall said Thursday. “So if you ain’t checking on Twitter and stuff like that, you don’t know. All these other teams get a lot of TV games, that’s why they get these accolades from the media and fan votes. Until we get an opportunity to be on TV more, it would be tough for people to realize and see what I do.”