Leonsis: John Wall Deserved Max Deal
Thursday, the day after (John) Wall signed his five-year, $80 million extension that kicks in after the 2013-14 season, (Ted) Leonsis didn’t mince words about why he and president Ernie Grunfeld moved so quickly.
“John and I talked about what we had to do the day we drafted him. It was going to be very painful. Rebuilds are hard,” Leonsis said. “We’ve had 100% turnover of our team. I felt that John earned this because of what he’d been through and his level of commitment. Ernie and the staff crunched a lot of numbers. There’s a lot of analytics that go into it to show where John ranks and what his upside his. … I thought he was our foundational player and that he deserved to be a max player.”
“I wanted to do it, show respect. I also wanted to see how he was doing with his workouts,” Leonsis said of his trip to L.A.