A lot can change in two years. Some things can get better. Some things can get worse. Some things can become more expensive, too.
While the deal, based on a percentage of the cap, didn't get any better or worse on Saturday as far as roster construction is considered, this presents a moment to reflect on a real sliding doors moment for the Wizards franchise: What if in the summer of 2017, Wall decided he didn't want to sign an extension in Washington?
The Wizards offered the all-star guard an extension when free agency began on July 1, but he took several weeks to think it over. Here is the sliding doors moment.
The risk of signing the deal on Wall's part: What if he didn't trust the organization to build a competitive roster? Beal and Porter were under team control through 2020. What if Wall didn't believe that to be the right move?
And there was a risk on the Wizards part: Is Wall's game, based on explosiveness and speed, going to hold up as the extension begins during Wall's age-29 season? Is there a risk of tying up 35 percent of the cap on a player who hasn't gotten the team past the conference semifinals?
What if Grunfeld had said no to Wall's demands?
But that's a road not taken. "John is an exceptional talent and a cornerstone for our team," Leonsis said after Wall signed in 2017. "It's John's unique blend of skill and leadership that makes us a championship-caliber team."
Grunfeld had this to say: "We are thrilled that he will continue to lead us through the prime years of his career and look forward to watching as he solidifies his place among the greatest players in our team's history."
"This is what the NBA had in mind when they instituted this supermax for star players," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said at the time. "To keep guys and allow teams to extend these players out over a long period."
The Wizards and Wall committed to each other.
Since signing the extension: Wall has played just 73 games over two seasons and will likely miss the entirety of next season due to a torn Achilles.
"I'm happy I'm coming back another four years to be a Washington Wizard," Wall said in July 2017. "Y'all know what I'm going for. Definitely gonna bring y'all that championship, that's my ultimate goal, and I won't stop till I get it."
A sliding doors moment is now a $171,131,520 payday through 2023.