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Wizards’ John Wall, Adidas engage in buyout talks

John Wall

John Wall might be entering the sneaker free-agency pool much sooner than expected. A report from ESPN’s Nick DePaula revealed that Adidas is looking to end its supposed five-year endorsement deal with the Washington Wizards star point guard.

The footwear and apparel titan reportedly have issues with Wall’s inability to stay healthy in the past few seasons, prompting Adidas to negotiate a possible buyout less than two years into their initial agreement.

Wall’s stock has certainly dropped after news broke out that he will miss the entirety of the Wizards’ 2019-20 NBA campaign after suffering a full tear of the Achilles back in February.

Wall initially turned down an eight year, $66 million extension from Adidas back in 2015, before returning to the brand in 2018.

A left-knee injury forced Wall to miss 27 games just three weeks after signing a new contract with Adidas, limiting Wall’s on-court exposure while donning his signature shoe.

Adidas and Wall released two “JWall” sneakers during his first stint with the company in 2013-15. He briefly left the brand for Reebok, prompting some sneaker heads to believe that the brand’s Adidas Crazy Explosive shoes in 2017 was meant to be the “JWall 3”.

Although facing stiff competition from numerous brands, the “Three Stripes” still feature an impressive stable of NBA stars, with Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Houston Rockets’ James Harden leading the pack.

Derrick Rose is also experiencing a career resurgence with the Detroit Pistons, which will no doubt be good for Adidas moving forward.