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Inside John Wall’s Sneaker Free Agency & Break With Adidas

words // Nick DePaula:

“John won’t be accepting the offer.”

Just at the close of yet another business week earlier this fall, on Friday, October 2nd to be exact, those words shocked the halls of the adidas Village in Portland, Oregon.

All summer and into the start of the season, adidas, the Washington Wizards’ All-Star point guard and his representatives at Relativity Sports had been hammering through details – an agreed-upon base number, mostly – and progressing towards a new shoe deal extension that would link John Wall and his emerging signature adidas footwear business deep into his career, for many years to come.

After very nearly agreeing to the framework of a new deal in early July, just as John was unveiling his second JWall signature model and knocking out a cover shoot for SLAM’s KICKS Magazine, the negotiations soon came to a standoff.

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How did things get to that point?

To start, we must first go back to the summer of 2010, when John Wall was drafted 1st overall to a struggling Washington Wizards franchise that he would soon revitalize, and when he also signed a reported 5-year, $ 25 Million shoe deal with (an equally struggling) Reebok.

The hope was that he would similarly revitalize the fledging Reebok Basketball category as well, but a lackluster Zig-based shoe series, all during a time when John was simply learning how to run a franchise as a 19 and 20 year-old, never quite translated into success for the brand.

According to several industry sources, the Reebok deal actually paid Wall an initial base salary of $ 2.5 Million, with the rest of the money to be made in on-court performance incentives and signature sales royalties. He was basically robbed of a Rookie of the Year bonus on a technicality, as 2009’s top overall pick Blake Griffin was awarded ROY, after being hurt in the final preseason game of his true rookie season a year prior.

Wall would go on to earn All-Star nods and playoff appearance incentives, but clearly fell short of the sales targets that could’ve earned him up to the $ 5 Million per year figure.

By the middle of his third NBA season, Wall was returning from a leg injury and on his way to sorting through the pace of the pro game, eventually evolving into the franchise point guard we’d all expected him to become.

The Washington Post, reporting on his upcoming sneaker free agency, characterized the Reebok to adidas transfer by saying that “the partnership was terminated in the third year when injuries hampered his early career. He then joined Adidas, which owns Reebok, for the remainder of the contract.”

That isn’t an entirely fair framing of the move, as adidas, Reebok’s parent company, was looking for ways in which to strengthen its basketball roster in the wake of Derrick Rose’s season-ending string of injuries. Reebok was also divesting away from hoops and the accompanying required design resources, while aggressively attacking the training and fitness category instead with its new CrossFit partnership.

The Three Stripes simply absorbed the existing terms of Wall’s initial Reebok endorsement deal, and on January 9th, 2013, announced that they’d added him to their growing roster of NBA endorsers. The following year, his debut adidas signature model, the JWall 1, launched to a modest reception, and it was just a year later that his 5-year rookie shoe deal was set to expire.

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As both sides made progress towards a new extension this summer, the discussed number was hovering around a guaranteed base of $ 5 Million per year – a noted jump from his prior deal, and landing Wall in the same tier as fellow signature athletes Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.

Make no mistake about it, the relentlessly splashy $ 200 Million headlines surrounding James Harden’s sneaker free agency and eventual 13-year adidas deal most certainly became a factor in Wall’s negotiations as the summer progressed.

After appearing to be headed towards agreeing to terms with adidas, the Harden numbers clouded where Wall’s representatives felt his true market value should land.

“They wanted Harden money,” another source simply said.

John’s agents pushed hard towards the $ 10 Million mark, to no avail. Much like the NBA’s restricted free agency window, there was a “match clause” on Wall’s shoe deal, meaning his agents at Relativity Sports had the summer of 2015 to take pitches from other brands, and adidas could fully match any new offer Wall agreed to.

The problem was that John Wall simply had no other brands making a concrete offer. No other brand was offering the coveted trio of pure cash, marketing push and a signature line. The offers just weren’t there.

Nonetheless, adidas still stepped up to make what was considered a sizable direct offer of their own, eventually meeting halfway between their $ 5 Million starting offer and Wall’s $ 10 Million asking price, according to multiple sources.

Wall simply declined the extension offer.

12_30 John Wall Kobe XWhere does all of that leave John and adidas?

By not accepting adidas’ offer by that October 2nd deadline, just as several colorways of the JWall 2 were headed to retail stores, the two sides agreed for Wall to play out the season wearing the shoe on-court in games. He’s mostly worn the all red edition, making for a blur of color and little branding visibility for adidas.

Meanwhile, Wall and his agents can continue to hear offers from other brands during the season, with adidas retaining their right to match.

Adidas hasn’t promoted Wall on social media during that time, while the previously-paid-for banner ads and in-store displays at partners like Foot Locker serve as the only public association between the two.

Wall will be an unrestricted sneaker free agent this summer, after the season concludes. The adidas “match clause” will have expired, and Wall will be free to sign with any brand of his liking.

Unsurprisingly, Wall has been spotted literally never in adidas off-court this fall, even wearing Retro Jordans from time to time, and practicing in Kobe Xs. Tonight, for the first time, he wore the Nike Kobe X on court in a game, apparently citing “footwear issues” with his JWall 2 signature shoe.

“My main focus is just play basketball,” Wall said when asked by the Washington Post after shoot-around earlier this month. “I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk.”

While he’s an All-Star point guard in a major market, with an explosive and exciting game, his signature shoe track record of poor sales and his lackluster social media presence unfortunately makes it all but impossible for Wall to command a new deal in the $ 10 Million range that he was hoping for. His window for leverage towards “Harden money” was last summer, as it’s the restricted match clause that can spike the dollars so high.

Nike surely has no incentive to offer near eight figures, and is also fully invested in point guard Kyrie Irving’s signature line, making a Nike Wall signature shoe a long, longshot.

“I don’t even know what the back up option is,” says one source.

Wall could field a huge offer from a China-based brand. His agent Dan Fegan just negotiated a new deal for Dwight Howard with Peak, after Howard wore adidas for the entirety of his career to this point.

Of course, going that route entirely shifts a player’s marketing presence away from the US, as China brands haven’t looked to consistently promote their athletes stateside, where they have little national retail presence. For China’s top trio of brands – Anta, Peak and Li-Ning – more than 99% of their business comes from the Chinese market.

It’s also uncertain if either Jordan Brand or Under Armour would have serious interest in Wall, for a reduced price that would unlikely include a signature shoe, as they’re currently committed to major stars in Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.

As it stands, Wall and adidas are simply at a standstill, and expected to play out the remainder of the season before eventually parting ways this summer.

Once that time comes, and as more shoe deal offers are made to John Wall along the way, you can be certain to get every update and inside detail here at NiceKicks.com and on Twitter.

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Custom Sneaker // Nike Roshe Run “Tuskegee Airmen” by Bago Customs

With the month of February right around the corner, the commemoration of Black History Month is prevalent within sneaker culture. However, it seems as though Bago Customs is looking to get a head start as the talented artist has unveiled the “Tuskegee Airmen” Nike Roshe Run custom.

Commemorating the African American fighter pilots, this custom employs features of fighter jets throughout the upper with a colorful forefoot being canvassed in hues of red and yellow. In addition, the outsole of the model is fixed in shades of grey, that I’m sure our EIC George Kiel will enjoy.

To see more, check out the images below.

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Sneaker Freaker Issue 23 – Patta x Asics GEL Saga Cover


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Patta and Asics have collaborated on an ultra choice shoe soon to release. The Gel Saga sneaker recently jumped on the front cover of Sneaker Freaker, showing off it’s distinct style. Features include black suede, rubberized and perforated leather with a unique pony hair panels that Amsterdam store placed on the sneaker.

A release date for these notable shoes will be available soon.

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adidas Skateboarding’s New Matchcourt Sneaker

Despite adidas‘ dominance within the realm of lifestyle and collaborative ventures, they haven’t forgotten about some of the niche entities within their brand as the adidas Skateboarding Matchcourt Sneaker has been unveiled. Taking on a traditional aesthetic, this model features mostly black hues throughout the upper, while a white midsole is employed that is accentuated by a “gum” toned outsole.

To see further pictures, check out the images below and head over to select retailers in early 2016 as this model is set to be released.

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Head Porter x Ubiq Standard Dot Sneaker


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The second collaboration between Japanese brands Head Porter & Ubiq is this ‘Standard Dot’ Sneaker. Clearly referencing the polka-dot pattern favored by Head Porter, the sneaker’s silhouette was borrowed from Ubiq’s archives. Three shades of suede are available – black, brown, & navy – with the former being accented with white polka-dots & the latter red ones. You can pre-order these from Head Porter’s ZozoTown shop now.

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Levi Maestro x Vans Vault Collaboration Sneaker


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The young and talented L.A. blogger Levi Maestro takes an opportunity to collaborate with Vans on a brand new sneaker. Tailored on Maestro’s personal preferences which include a low cut, grey premium leather with suede material on the toecap. The highlight is a deconstructed panel, square lace holes and multicoloured rubber waffle outsole.

Keep a look out for these sick sneakers with a release date set in January 2012.

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Monthly Recap: Best Sneaker Releases of November

November has been an amazing month for quality sneaker releases, and today we look back at some of the best. Did you cop any gems from November? From Chris Paul PEs to Hologram Foams, check out the best sneaker releases of the 11th month.

Nike Air Foamposite One “Hologram”

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Although very similar to the “Quai 54” Foamposite, the “Hologram” Foams were one of the most sought-after releases on yesterday’s Black Friday.

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The Phoenix Suns’ Sneaker Shopping Spot| Kicks On Court Weekly

Matt Halfhill – Founder + Publisher
Allison Halfhill – Chief of Strategy
Nick DePaula – Creative Director

George Kiel III – Editor in Chief
Ian Stonebrook – Associate Editor

Pierce Simpson – Staff Writer
Darren Griffin – Staff Writer

Sid Ashford – Video + Visuals

Jeffery Jason – Social Media

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Monthly Recap: Best Sneaker Releases of October

October was an amazing month for quality sneaker releases, and today we look back at some of the best. Did you cop any gems from October? From winter-ready Lunar Forces to top-of-the-line adidas packs, check out the best sneaker releases of October.

Nike LeBron 13 “On Court”

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Our eyes might be glued to the “Friday the 13th” LeBron 13, but we can’t ignore the release of the “On Court” pair last month. While many thought King James would debut these on opening night, he actually took to the court in this pair against his former team, the Miami Heat, a few nights ago.

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On-Foot Look // Sneaker Freaker x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Alvin Purple”

Matt Halfhill – Founder + Publisher
Allison Halfhill – Chief of Strategy
Nick DePaula – Creative Director

George Kiel III – Editor in Chief
Ian Stonebrook – Associate Editor

Pierce Simpson – Staff Writer
Darren Griffin – Staff Writer

Sid Ashford – Video + Visuals

Jeffery Jason – Social Media

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