Rajon Rondo has his own signature line of sneakers, but he wanted to wear something different for Sunday’s win over the New York Knicks. The New Orleans Pelicans guard signed an endorsement deal with Chinese sportswear brand Anta in 2013, but he wore a pair of Air Jordan 11s to go along with the team’s red jerseys in Sunday’s 123-118 overtime victory .
As has been the case the past several years, Nike is going all out for Black History Month. The company released the entire Nike Basketball BHM Collection at 10 a.m. today, led by new sneakers from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Chase Hughes: John Wall said there could be John Wall 3s coming out as part of his new contract with Adidas, but he believes he will need to play his way into that.
After playing the past two seasons without a sneaker endorsement deal, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has signed a new five-year shoe deal with Adidas, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. Terms of the deal, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports, haven’t been disclosed, though Wall is expected to re-emerge with the brand as a headlining athlete for several of its new modernized lifestyle basketball silhouettes.
The four-time NBA All-Star returns to Adidas after a hiatus that saw him leave the company in late 2015 amid stalling extension talks. Shortly before being selected No. 1 in the 2010 NBA draft, Wall signed a five-year endorsement deal with Reebok that paid him a base salary of $2.5 million per year but could have ballooned to as high as $25 million in total through a variety of performance and sales incentives.
Shams Charania: Sources: Washington Wizards All-Star John Wall has agreed to a five-year endorsement deal with Adidas. Wall returns to the brand after testing shoe free agency over the past couple years.
LaVar Ball: “The market is going to be good here because now, we’re not just Big Baller Brand around the corner. We’re in Lithuania, and that means you’re global. And when you get global, now you’ve got Europeans liking you, the states liking you, over in China liking you. We’re bigger than just a Nike brand that’s in Portland. You see what I’m saying? So we can be as big as we want to be by us venturing out and not having a bad name for our brand. And see, that’s what it is. It’s just getting bigger and bigger. It’s going to be some good connections out here. I think the connections that we have here are going to happen organically. They’re not going to be predetermined, and we’re just going to go from there.”