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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo gets shoe deal; is John Wall next?

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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo gets shoe deal; is John Wall next?

One of the biggest sneaker free agents is now officially off the market. 

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetkounmpo has re-signed with Nike and the expectation is he will have a signature shoe sometime within the next two years, likely late 2019. The news was first reported by ESPN.

Antetkounmpo will join LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George and Kyrie Irving among NBA players with signature shoes made under the Nike brand. The new concept will be called the 'Giannis 1.'

Terms of the deal have not been released, but it is being described as a long-term partnership. Antetkounmpo, just 22 years old, has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA, a guy who could compete for MVP awards and soon.

Big men traditionally do not do as well in the signature shoe market, but Antetkounmpo is an anomaly in his style as a player, much like Durant. Despite being 6-foot-11, he plays like a guard. Nike hopes that will help him appeal to the masses.


Speaking of guards, Wizards star John Wall remains one of the biggest names withouth a signature deal. Now that Antetkounmpo is off the market, perhaps the focus of shoe companies will shift to Wall and other players out there.

Wall spoke to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller about his quest for a shoe deal over the summer. He said then that he bet on himself and was hoping for a deal to come about. Wall is still waiting, however.

What could help Wall's case is the fact the Wizards have 18 national TV games this season, giving Wall an opportunity to raise his profile. Never before in Wall's career has there been this much of a spotlight on the Wizards. As long as he continues to play well, shoe companies will notice.

For more on shoes, check out our sneaker special of the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!