Washington Wizards guard John Wall announced that he has let go of long-time representative Relativity Sports and Dan Fegan – who worked with Wall before getting drafted – in the latest trend of players switching agents in the last few months.
Wall, the number one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Wizards, joins the long list of NBA stars who decided to let go of big name sports agencies and representatives Relativity and Wasserman Media Group (WMG).
Among the notable names mentioned who left WMG include Jabari Parker, the number 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, LaMarcus Aldridge, and brothers Pau and Marc Gasol.
DeAndre Jordan, whose 2015 off-season was tainted by the tug-of-war between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks, also decided to let go of Relativity.
In a twist to the John Wall story, he decided to move closer to his roots and enlist the services of Ty Williams, a childhood friend from Ralleigh, North Carolina whom he described as his “brother.”
Three other members of his inner circle – Reggie Jackson, E.J. Grissett, and Alban Okafor – which he calls as “5 Deep” will also join as part of his management team. Wall is looking to follow the footsteps of LeBron James, who formed an alliance with close friends Maverick Carter and Rich Paul to form LRMR Management.
“Just a decision that I made, just thinking about it with my team,” said Wall. “The people I was with have been a great partnership the five years I was with them. They did a lot of positive things for me. It was just a situation where I felt me and my team wanted to go in different ways with how I wanted to build my team.”
Among the immediate plans by the group is to land Wall a brand new sneaker deal, after talks of a contract extension with adidas fell through. He has been seen wearing Nike’s LeBron signature line since the start of the new year, but he is still open to signing with any major brand, including adidas.
“I’m still open to every shoe company. I’m going to talk to all of those guys through the process and figure out what I can do,” noted Wall. “I still have interest in adidas and all the other companies that want to talk to me and have a meeting. I’m open. I’ve just been wearing what’s comfortable for my feet and protecting my feet for right now.”