Reports: John Wall leaving agent to join Rich Paul (LeBron’s agent)

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John Wall is a free agent. Not on the court — he’s locked in for three more seasons after this one with the Wizards.

Not on the court — he’s locked in for three more seasons after this one with the Wizards.

But he is a shoe contract free agent. His deal with Adidas expired before the start of this season, and his agent had been negotiating a new one. It’s taken a while with no results.

Now Rich Paul — the agent and friend of LeBron James who also represents Tristan Thompson, Eric Bledsoe and others — apparently is going to take over those talks. Multiple reports have Wall dropping his current agent, Dan Fegan, for Paul. Here is the Washington Post’s report.

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.

Wall denied that any new agent has been chosen, but confirmed Fegan is out.

This is all about the shoes. Wall had an Adidas deal but for much of this season has worn LeBron Nikes. That and the jump to Paul would suggest the change in shoe brands will be permanent.

This isn’t going to be immediate, but expect Wall to have a new shoe deal not long after he formally changes agents.