John Wall Talks Recruiting Paul George, Says He's 'Chillin' on Wizards Extension

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) stands on the court in the second half of game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Friday, May 12, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 92-91. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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John Wall openly lobbied for Paul George to join the Washington Wizards earlier this offseason in a move that some saw as a slight to small forward Otto Porter Jr. When asked about it Monday, Wall made no apologies.

"There's a difference between a role player and a superstar," Wall said referring to Porter and George, per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. "It's a big difference. There's a lot teams that will make a lot of trades for a superstar."

The reaction also didn't seem to get to the All-Star point guard.

"It's what people are going to say about it," Wall added. "I love Otto as a teammate, but at the end of the day if you can make your team better, you can always do that. If people take it the wrong way, then so be it."

Porter might be a "role player" in Wall's mind, but the Wizards thought highly enough to match the Brooklyn Nets' $106 million offer to retain the restricted free agent.

The 24-year-old is coming off the best year of his career, averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while ranking fifth in the NBA with a 43.4 percent mark from three-point range. With that said, it's not wrong to say George is a superior talent who has gone to four of the last five All-Star Games. He also set a new career high this year with 23.7 ppg.

George was instead traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, forcing the Wizards to keep Porter to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, the next big task for Washington is figuring out how to retain Wall long term. With two more years on his current deal, Wall doesn't appear to be in a rush to secure a new one.

"I'm just chillin'. Just trying to figure out to negotiate it and manipulate it the way you want it to be," Wall said. "Everybody know where I want to play and where I want to be. Everybody took it the wrong way [when it was reported] I wanted to wait. It's a big decision. I love D.C."

With four straight All-Star appearances already on his resume, the 26-year-old appears willing to keep his options open.

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