John Wall has to keep his priorities straight off the court while trying to make sure the Wizards take care of business on it. He fired his long-time agent Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports and explained his decision to reshape his career Wednesday.
"The people I was with, it was a great partnership for the five years I was with it. Did a lot of great and positive things for me but it's just a situation where I felt me and my team wanted to go different ways in how we wanted to build out team," Wall said after morning shootaround before playing the Milwaukee Bucks. "It was a decision I made to part ways with them. ... I think just getting it off my chest was kind of a relief."
Wall, who never hid his discontent with how his career off the court was being handled, also allowed his shoe contract with Adidas to expire earlier this season. He wears Nike on the court, covering part of the swoosh with tape, but doesn't have a deal with them. He said the two moves weren't connected.
"It doesn't factor in at all. That wasn't even part of the decision why I wanted to make that. It's just something that I've been thinking about for a while and I'm still open to every shoe company," Wall said. "I'm going to talk to all those guys through the process, figure out what I can do. I still have interest in Adidas. ... I'm just wearing what's comfortable for my feet and protecting my feet for right now. I'm still weighing my options."
Wall has met with various agents, including several times with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, but hasn't signed with anyone. Paul, a lifelong friend of LeBron James, represents the superstar.
Fegan negotiated Wall's five-year, $80 million deal with the Wizards and continues to get his percentage of that deal until it expires.
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Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season.
One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday.
NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.
Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance.
The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years.
Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year.
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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