John Wall, the Washington Wizards point guard, is reportedly irked by the lucrative five-year contract signed by teammate Bradley Beal this offseason, besides the four-year extension signed by Houston Rockets star James Harden.
Another league source who is close to the former No.1 overall pick told the website that “Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him.”
In 2013, Wall signed a five-year, $84.8 million max contract to remain with Washington. However, the salary cap has skyrocketted since and a bunch of players have signed more lucrative deals these past two summers.
Beal, for example, signed a five-year deal worth $127.2 million this summer, a contract that is the fifth most valuable in the entire league. Beal is yet to make an all-star team.
John Wall annoyed with Beal’s contract
According to The Ringer, Wall is irritated with the fact that a handful of players, plenty of whom aren’t as talented, are reeking in the big bucks.
“Whatever is public, multiply it by five and that’s how they (Wall and Beal) really feel about each other. It’s probably a total disaster,” an agent was quoted as saying, highlighting that Wall isn’t happy with the contract signed by Beal.
Wall, himself, has admitted that he doesn’t share a sound relationship with Beal. “I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side.
“If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right … as long as you come to each other and talk,” Wall told CSN in the aftermath of Beal making a five-year commitment to Washington.
Wall even called out Beal and challenged him to perform at an all-star level. “Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.”
A few years ago, many considered John Wall and Bradley Beal as the best backcourt in the game after the Splash Brothers in Golden State. However, Beal’s recent injuries have put a stop to those talks. Will Wall and Beal re-emerge as an elite backcourt next season?