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If an athlete has been affiliated with the same brand since high school and AAU ball, it stands to reason that once endorsement opportunities present themselves, brand affinity may have an impact. While financial considerations will likely trump nostalgia, any edge a corporate brand can get in its efforts to secure the next Jordan or LeBron will have been deemed well worth it once the paperwork is signed and the pictures of the athlete wearing the company’s shoes make their way through social media. And it may be the best of both worlds for a select few. Andrew Wiggins’ AAU team, CIA Bounce, is sponsored by Nike, and his college team, Kansas, is sponsored by Adidas: two suitors he’s already affiliated with will compete for his services. The Fields of Green

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Currently on tour for Nike Basketball in Hong Kong, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving broke out an all-new Player Exclusive while conducting a skills session earlier today. While breaking down hoops for the locals, Kyrie was laced up in the upcoming Nike Hyperdunk 2014. His PE colorway is decked out in bright crimson with black accents and volt color pops. No word yet on a possible release. Sole Collector

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Bummed that you lost to Michael Jordan in the Finals? Might as well make a little money off of it. Former NBA player Eric Snow was a member of the 1995-96 Seattle SuperSonics, a team led by Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton that managed to take Jordan’s Chicago Bulls to six games in the 1996 Finals before losing. Nearly 20 years later, Snow is auctioning off an autographed pair of the black-and-red Air Jordan XI signature sneakers that were worn by Jordan himself during Game 3 of the 1996 Finals. Grey Flannel Auctions listed the sneakers this week with an opening price of $5,000. By early Wednesday morning, bidding was up to $6,655 and expected to climb much higher before the auction ends on June 18. SI.com

June 3, 2014 Updates

The NBA is set to release a limited-edition series of red, white and blue sneakers to celebrate the league’s history. Launching with a June 6 release date, the NBA will sell 1,946 sneakers to commemorate the NBA’s first season in 1946 and recognize the league’s 68th anniversary. The shoes — which will include a unique, four-digit number from “0001″ to “1946″ as part of the limited-edition release — will be packaged in a black and gold box that features the league’s 30 team logos and other milestones. SI.com

May 31, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: It looks like Nike has signed NBA prospect Julius Randle. Check out the "You Can't Handle Randle" shirts they made: pic.twitter.com/NdfEF1LqpR Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

May 11, 2014 Updates

When it comes to the business of basketball and one man's brand, no one has won in these playoffs quite like the Blazers' second-year point guard whose Adidas deal is believed to be the third largest in the entire NBA. The contract – which his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, told USA TODAY Sports could be "well over $100 million" with very-reachable incentives and is expected to eventually include a signature shoe and apparel – was seen by some as a head-spinner when it was first revealed on April 14. USA Today Sports

The shoe contract can sometimes be a bigger part of a player's business portfolio than his contract with the team he plays for, making the motives and mechanisms involved in these sorts of decisions as relevant to them as the selection of a new coach or a general manager. That is certainly the case for now with Lillard, who will be paid a combined $13.9 million over four seasons on his rookie contract by the time it expires in the summer of 2016. His Adidas deal has an eight-year base, but can be extended from there depending on incentives. USA Today Sports

May 8, 2014 Updates

Following his first season as a member of ANTA's Team Priceless, Rajon Rondo sees his RR1 signature shoe scaled down for an all-new low-top release. Now available in three colorways, the RR1 Low is equipped with a fused upper, Auto-Arch midsole and ANTA's A-Jelly cushioning. Nine holes on the lateral forefoot represent Rondo's jersey number, while his favorite game Connect Four is depicted on the tongue. Lastly, heel detailing is inspired by the famous Boston duck boat. Sole Collector

May 3, 2014 Updates

Sneaker company Skechers said Friday it’s considering buying a stake in the LA Clippers basketball team — but then privately downplayed the idea when contacted by investors, sources told The Post. “They’re telling people it’s just a publicity move and not to worry about it,” according to a Wall Street source. New York Post

Skechers shares plunged 4.9 percent to $39.93 after it announced it was putting together a group in hopes of buying a stake in the Clippers, whose owner Donald Sterling is expected to be pressured by other NBA owners to sell the franchise after being caught in a firestorm over racist remarks. “We believe acquiring an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers is a natural fit for Skechers,” Robert Greenberg, CEO of Skechers, said in a splashy statement Friday. “There is no truth to the claim that this a publicity stunt,” Skechers spokeswoman Jenn Clay told The Post Friday. New York Post

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