Morning Pixels: John Wall says he’s a max-contract player

Wizards fans have continued to wonder this season whether John Wall is a franchise player, someone to build around, the centerpiece of a championship-contending team.

Now, asking Wall if he is a franchise player is sort of a loaded question. But two outlets recently asked Wall variations of that question, and not surprisingly, his answer was yes.

Grantland’s Zach Lowe, for example, asked Wall if he believes he’s a max contract player.

“I feel like I am. I do, definitely,” Wall said.

And Washingtonian’s Edward G. Robinson III asked Wall about being a franchise player.

“Everybody is looking at me like, ‘Well, his first two seasons was the same. Can he be a franchise savior?’ ” Wall said. “I see it on ESPN all the time. ‘Is he a franchise player? Would you trust him with your team?’ I know I would trust myself with this team.”

Still, the best quote from either piece came when Lowe asked Wall if the right elbow is his sweet spot.

“Everywhere is my sweet spot,” he replied. “But right now, the right elbow is my best elbow.”

 

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* The Nats are a baseball melting pot.

* The Caps are winning more often without getting closer to the playoffs.

* Michael Lee says Jan Vesely’s most memorable NBA moment is still his draft-night kiss.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Bruce Allen, on the salary cap penalties:

“There was no trial,” Allen said. “There was no hearing. There was no back-room discussions involving the Washington Redskins….We learned about the salary cap penalty from agents and the media. Despite the fact that the NFL and NFLPA supposedly represent all the clubs and all the players in the league, we don’t feel that we were fairly represented in this case….We would like to know the truth and we’ll find it.”

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Huge night for the Caps, hosting the Hurricanes at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. Tiny night for the Wizards, in Cleveland at 7 on CSN+ and the Comcast Network. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT, I

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James Madison wins, fan thinks it’s all weird. Via @recordsANDradio.

 

PHOTO OF THE NIGHT, II

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Vesely points out that he’s “chilling, grilling on the terrace” in this photo. The food is cevapi.

 

BRYCE HARPER IN WBC

Bryce Harper, who has been tweeting the heck out of the World Baseball Classic, tells Fox Sports that he wants in the next competition. ““In four years, absolutely I want to play, 100 percent,” Harper said Monday. “They can write my name down right now.”

 

MORE FRED DAVIS HIJINKS

Fred Davis’s absurd time in court resumed, this time with actual lawyers. But it was still absurd. Via Washingtonian: “Monday’s trial produced new details—and intrigue—about the events that triggered the two-year-long legal battle. Chaka and Davis got to know each other through the local nightclub scene in 2008, shortly after the Redskins drafted Davis. The two were more acquaintances than friends, Davis said. ‘He has a thing for Asian [women],’ Chaka testified.” Much more here.

 

H STREET: STILL RIDICULOUS

Next up: A futuristic bar named after a Jetson’s character. Obviously.

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