With John Wall still sidelined due to injury, one shoe giant company seems to be ready to part ways with him.
The Washington Wizards star and Adidas are reportedly engaged in buyout negotiations to end his five-year shoe and apparel endorsement deal after just less than two years, according to ESPN.
The buyout talks seem to have everything to do with his injury history, as ESPN pointed out.
“Since signing the deal in January 2018, Wall has been sidelined by a series of injuries, limiting his on-court visibility while wearing the brand’s products. Just three weeks after landing the contract, Wall missed 27 games because of a left-knee injury.
The injury cost him what would have been his fifth All-Star game appearance the following month, when he was expected to help headline the brand’s Crazy BYW X sneaker in Los Angeles.
Once the 2018-19 season was underway, Wall once again was sidelined for an extended period because of a left Achilles tendon injury in late December. After already expecting to miss the remainder of that season, Wall suffered a full tear of the Achilles in February, potentially costing him the entirety of this season as well.”
Wall will once again be a sneaker free-agent during his career, something he did after the fall of 2015 when he and Adidas couldn’t agree to terms on a shoe deal extension. He went two seasons with a sneaker contract, eventually reuniting with Adidas during his 8th season.
Now, that will all come to an end.