Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has fired agent Dan Fegan and his team of representatives at Relativity Sports and plans to hire Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Wall has to wait 15 days after notifying Fegan before officially signing with Paul.
Paul represents and is close friends with Cleveland Cavaliers all-star LeBron James. His other clients include Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe and former Wizards center Kevin Seraphin.
Fegan had represented Wall since he left Kentucky after one season and became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. The decision to dismiss Fegan comes after negotiations for a new sneaker contract with Adidas fell through and Wall’s deal with the company expired at the end of September, a couple months after Adidas signed Houston Rockets guard James Harden to a 13-year, $200 million contact to make him their marketing focus in basketball.
Wall still wore his signature Adidas sneaker in games at the beginning of the season for royalties but has recently been wearing Nike.
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Wall, 25, is a two-time all-star in his sixth season as the franchise centerpiece for the Wizards. He is in the second year of five-year, $80 million contract extension he signed in July 2013 that took effect last season after his rookie deal expired. He is averaging 19.7 points, 9.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals in 36 games this season.
In August, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan also parted ways with Fegan after backing out of a verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign with the Clippers.