Adidas has made a big play for the biggest basketball sneaker free agent of the summer of 2015. The company has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Houston Rockets guard James Harden, sources told ESPN.com. Nike, whose deal with Harden recently expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal or lose him.
With incentives, if the deal is consummated, Harden could very well make more from Adidas in the coming years than the Rockets. Harden signed an $80 million contract extension with Houston in 2012 that goes through the 2017-18 season.
There’s also international hope for Harden, as the Rockets already are very popular in China thanks to former player Yao Ming. Sources say part of what Adidas is willing to pay has to do with the potential for the masses to embrace Harden on a even greater scale if the Rockets can make more of a splash in the playoffs in the coming years.
A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by US basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said. The former Chicago Bull is arguably the most popular international basketball star in China and is known in the country as “Qiaodan”, a Chinese version of his name.
It’s not everyday that sneakerheads can buy PEs straight out of the locker room. If you are a collector of player exclusive sneakers, the Sacramento Kings have an auction that you need to check out right now. A number of game-worn and deadstock sneakers are available, from recent DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay PEs to older items from Chris Webber, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas and the artist formerly known as Ron Artest.
Mavericks President and CEO Terdema Ussery is leaving for a position with sports apparel company Under Armour. Ussery has been with Dallas for 18 years – three years before owner Mark Cuban bought the team. In his first year, Ussery was part of a successful campaign for $240 million in public funding to help build the American Airlines Center. It’s been home of the Mavericks since 2001.