Sources: John Wall, Adidas Negotiating Endorsement Buyout
Wizards G John Wall and Adidas are "engaged in ongoing buyout negotiations that will soon bring his five-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal to an end less than two years into the agreement," according to sources cited by Nick DePaula of ESPN.com. Since signing the deal in January '18, Wall has been "sidelined by a series of injuries," including a full tear of his Achilles in February, "limiting his on-court visibility." Wall now is expected to return at the start of the '20-21 season. When he and Adidas "couldn't agree to terms on a shoe deal extension" in fall '15, Wall played the next two seasons as a "sneaker free-agent without an endorsement deal." Wall and Adidas then "reunited during his eighth season on a five-year deal that was expected to pay him" nearly $25M in total, but soon likely will "instead come to an end" (ESPN.com, 10/27).