When John Wall left Adidas, it felt like there was no turning back. He’d turned down a $66 million offer that, on the surface, seemed like it was a solid deal for the Wizards’ All-Star point guard. But things soured, and Wall walked away from the deal.
So when Wall signed a five-year deal to return to the brand he spurned two years ago, it turned a lot of heads. Wall had been in talks with plenty of brands in between their time apart and had almost exclusively worn Nike shoes while he was a free agent.
So why Adidas? According to Wall himself, there were a few reasons.
Early last summer, Wall explained to NBC Sports Washington that he was betting on himself to improve last season before signing a shoe deal.
“To me, I banked on myself to have a season like this. To be honest, I banked on myself. I just feel like somebody is gonna come,” Wall said. “If not, I will still be a sneaker free agent. I feel like with the way I’m playing, the type of image I have, the character I have, how I interact with the fans in the community, I think I’m the perfect guy for a signature shoe.”
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