Half Smokes Hypothetical is a daily discussion where we throw out a D.C. sports-related question based on the news of the day. It's a hypothetical discussion, which is what makes it fun (we hope).
As noted in this rant earlier this morning, MLB's system for first-round picks signing contracts needs to be changed. There's no reason Bryce Harper and the Nationals had to haggle until 26 seconds before the midnight deadline to get a deal done.
But it did get me thinking: what if the Wizards had to do the same thing after drafting John Wall? The NBA currently has a system that rigidly assigns a salary to rookies based on their draft position. There's a little bit of wiggle room - NBA teams can offer anywhere between 80 and 120 percent of the number the NBA mandates - but there's almost never any issue with rookies signing. But what if that wasn't the case? What if John Wall was free to ask for as much money as he wanted? What if the Wizards had until today to come to an agreement with Wall or risk letting Wall go back in the draft?
Here's today's hypothetical (warning: several questions):
How much do you think John Wall would make on his contract? What time would he and the Wizards come to an agreement? Would they come to an agreement at all?