In June, Harrell inked a partnership with AND1, the NBA footwear and clothing brand that built an iconic legacy in the late 1990s and early 2000s with its summer mixtape series and partnerships with culture-setting athletes like Kevin Garnett, Ben Wallace, Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury. Harrell is now the face of AND1 and works alongside Garnett, the company’s creative director and global ambassador, to launch new shoes and products. Harrell will exclusively wear AND1 sneakers next season, but will still switch out his shoes for a different pair at halftime. Off the court, he’s allowed to wear non-AND1 shoes (so, no, he won’t be selling off his impressive collection of Jordans, Nikes, Adidas, etc.). He has a potential collaboration with Wallace in the works and will be wearing exclusive colors of AND1’s new model, the Attack 2.0, to start the season.
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Nick DePaula: OFFICIAL: Chicago Bulls’ #7 overall pick @CobyWhite has signed a multi-year shoe deal with @AdidasHoops. pic.twitter.com/HsR7h6LUQo
Nick DePaula: OFFICIAL: #4 overall pick De’Andre Hunter has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. The Hawks small forward’s endorsement deal was negotiated by @Wasserman. pic.twitter.com/bbywcmbk8Q
Chris Haynes: Philadelphia 76ers rookie Matisse Thybulle has reached an agreement on a multi-year shoe endorsement deal with Nike, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
This summer, Kuzma is also a shoe-deal free agent and has received strong interest from endorsement companies, including Nike, Jordan Brand and Puma, sources said. Kuzma’s business manager, Vin Sparacio, has held ongoing discussions with interested companies.
San Antonio Spurs rookie Keldon Johnson has announced he has signed a shoe deal with Nike. Johnson made the announcement via his Instagram complete with a highlight reel showcasing his basketball journey to the NBA.
This year’s footwear class could feature the most potential since 2012, when Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, James Harden and Dwyane Wade were all up. Of the four then-Nike athletes, two switched to Jordan Brand, Wade opted for a lucrative deal with Li-Ning, and Harden re-signed with Nike for just two years, before bolting for a 13-year deal with Adidas in 2014. Once again, each of the top five players in this year’s class are currently under contract with Nike. The brand would ideally like to keep all five: Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, Kyle Kuzma, D’Angelo Russell and PJ Tucker.
Other players around the league expected to draw interest include Marcus Smart, as Boston-based Puma has already moved into the lead to eventually sign the nearby Celtics guard. Though talks are ongoing, he was spotted walking into USA Basketball’s welcome gathering clad in Puma gear, then laced up the brand’s Uproar sneaker in white, blue and red to kick off USAB training camp. Thanks to their overnight free-agency haul, LA Clippers shooter Landry Shamet is also hitting the market at an ideal time, potentially able to take advantage both of the team’s LA market size and their expected chance to contend for a championship right away this season.
Nick DePaula: Official: Miami Heat sharpshooter Tyler Herro has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. pic.twitter.com/ezBe1sWV2Q
Chris Forsberg: Is sneaker free agent Marcus Smart going to be the next Puma guy? Smart, playfully: “I plead the fifth.” Smart has worn Puma gear in Vegas, including some red-white-and-blue Uproars at Monday’s practice.
Nick DePaula: Charlotte Hornets’ 12th overall pick PJ Washington has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike Basketball.
Nick DePaula: As Celtics guard Marcus Smart’s rookie shoe deal with Adidas is set to expire, he’s currently in ongoing talks with brands and was seen wearing Puma today at USAB training camp. There’s mutual interest in a multi-year deal from the Boston-based brand.
After deciding to forgo college and join the Australia-based National Basketball League, RJ Hampton has signed a five-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Chinese brand Li-Ning.
Li-Ning is best known for its signing of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade in 2012, during the middle of the franchise’s four straight NBA Finals appearances. The company had previously signed Shaquille O’Neal and Baron Davis to shoe deals, and more recently partnered with CJ McCollum, Evan Turner and a handful of other players. “I really like their shoes,” Hampton said. “[With] CJ and Dwyane Wade, it’s going to be great.”
Hampton and his father, Rod, met with Li-Ning several times in Texas, in Las Vegas during the NBA’s Summer League and in Los Angeles during the ESPYS week before finalizing the endorsement contract. “They’re just a great company,” Hampton said. “They’ve put a lot of work in with me, and they’ve really been behind me these last couple months, ever since I made my decision [to play in the NBL].”
Darren Rovell: Sources say Zion Williamson had offers bigger than the Jordan deal. Left money on the table for his dream of wearing the logo of his favorite player.
B/R Kicks: Breaking: @Zionwilliamson signs multiyear deal with Jordan Brand. pic.twitter.com/6OkcYTYMvE
Nick DePaula: Zion Williamson: “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family. Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league & having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had & continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to.”
Nick DePaula: Michael Jordan: “Zion’s incredible determination, character and play are inspiring. He’s an essential part of the new talent that will help lead the brand into the future. He told us he would ‘shock the world,’ and asked us to believe him. We do.”
Nick DePaula: OFFICIAL: Atlanta Hawks lottery pick @CamReddish has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. The #10 pick and former Duke wing ranked high for brands because of his on & off-court potential in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/je7VE4Tvva
Zion Williamson has still NOT signed a shoe deal — despite being the most sought after NBA draft pick since LeBron James — and our sources say it’s all because of Puma. Nike was believed to be the front-runner to sign Zion for months … with legendary former Nike exec Sonny Vaccaro telling us he thinks Zion’s deal could hit the 9-figure mark. And, with Zion rocking Nikes in college, in pre-draft workouts and in some NBA Summer league games … it seemed like it was just a matter of time before Zion signed with the Swoosh.
We’re told Nike is aware of the competition and is making a hard push to get a deal done with Williamson first. As one source puts it, “He’s the #1 priority.” Remember, Zion did have one bad experience with Nike in college … when his Nike PG 2.5s blew out during the opening seconds of the Duke vs. North Carolina game.
Nick DePaula: Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard and #5 overall NBA Draft pick Darius Garland has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. pic.twitter.com/lgqrfUalIQ
Nick DePaula: BREAKING: Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards has signed a multi-year shoe & apparel deal with Adidas. The Houston-area native grew up wearing Adidas TMacs. “I was a big fan of Tracy McGrady’s. Whatever shoe he was wearing, I was trying to wear.” — @Cboogie_3
Nick DePaula: Cleveland Cavaliers 1st round Draft pick @KevinPorterJr has agreed to a multi-year shoe deal with Puma. pic.twitter.com/jc5lUl9FOZ
Nick DePaula: Washington Wizards 1st Round pick Rui Hachimura has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Jordan Brand. The brand is excited for his potential on & off the court and his global fanbase in Japan, which will host the 2020 Olympics.
Nick DePaula: Jayson Tatum has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Jordan Brand. After headlining Nike’s auto-lacing Adapt BB this past season, the 21 year-old Celtics forward is now shifting to the longtime Nike Inc. subsidiary brand.
Former Murray State guard Ja Morant, the likely No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, announced Monday that he signed with Nike. Financial details of the shoe deal were not disclosed, but several media outlets reported it to be a multi-year endorsement contract. “All my life my parents worked for a check,” Morant tweeted. “Now I’m proud to say I work for the check. #Nike #NikeBasketball.”
Shams Charania: Murray State’s Ja Morant — a projected top-2 NBA Draft pick — has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
According to one NBA source, Williamson has yet to select an agent, a decision that seems inevitable before he signs a lucrative shoe deal. For now, Williamson is surrounded by his mother and stepfather, who have deftly guided him through every step of his journey. Sharonda Sampson and Lee Anderson have quietly helped create the phenomenon, even electing not to do interviews during Williamson’s year at Duke. Most important, Wiggins says, they’ll still be there to help Williamson select an agent. “I’ve got great parents, great siblings, a great circle that care for me and would do anything for me, protect me,” Wiggins says. “That’s the main thing, having a good circle around you.”
Many in the sneaker industry believe Williamson’s deal will make him one of the three highest-paid rookie sneaker endorses ever, rivaling LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
“The basketball sneaker business is just terrible right now,” Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst at NPD Group, told me. “[Zion] isn’t going to generate a lot of shoe sales, so how much do you pay a guy who is essentially going to be an ambassador for your brand? I don’t want to make it sound like there’s no value there, but I just can’t justify the cost.”
It’s too early to know what Williamson’s sneaker contract will be worth, but he comes with a built-in audience that includes 2.3 million Instagram followers and 227,000 Twitter followers. Various industry experts said his deal could be worth $50-$100 million. “That’s the number it should be, I don’t know,” said grassroots sneaker guru Sonny Vaccaro, who signed both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to sneaker deals, and was involved in LeBron James’ negotiations as well.
Like James, whose deal was done before the draft lottery that would eventually land him in Cleveland, Williamson is expected by industry insiders to have a deal inked before this year’s May 14 draft lottery, as the major sneaker companies see Williamson as a potential marketing superstar regardless of which market he lands in. Back in 2003, James met with Reebok and turned down a $10 million check from the CEO to sign a potential $100 million deal with the brand on the spot. James would instead sign with Nike a week later for a fully guaranteed $87 million over seven years, and now has a lifetime deal with the company.
In fact, many in the sneaker industry expect that Williamson’s eventual deal will make him one of the three highest-paid rookie sneaker endorsers ever, joining the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. “In my lifetime, I think it’s going to be the biggest bidding war ever done,” said Sonny Vaccaro, the famed former marketing executive with Nike, Adidas and Reebok. “I would put them all on go.”
According to sources, executives have already begun to have company balance discussions around targeting Williamson to be a Jordan athlete instead, given Nike’s current crowded stable. There have been conflicting viewpoints on whether or not that would be the right decision. “There could be some hurt feelings,” Vaccaro said. “Other than those five [signature athletes] at Nike, another 20 of them are pretty goddamn great players that could be going to the Hall of Fame and don’t have [a shoe]. They’ve been on the totem pole, and now [Zion] is going to get a zillion-dollar contract and go above everyone else.”
As for the reinforced shoes, the Kyrie 4 model, Williamson was effusive after the game. “The shoes were incredible,” he told reporters. “I want to thank Nike for making these.” That’s music to Nike’s ears. The biggest question following Williamson’s injury was whether it would hurt Nike’s chances to sign him to an endorsement deal once he decides to go pro. If Thursday’s results were any indication, their relationship may be healthier than some rival shoes companies would like.
Nike gave LeBron James a massive shoe contract when he entered the NBA and some experts believe the same kind of deal could be given to Williamson. Williamson, who’s currently sidelined with a knee injury, took to Instagram Live this evening, sparking speculation about said shoe deal thanks to his outfit. The Blue Devils’ five-star freshman is wearing all Adidas….
CBA reigning MVP Courtney Fortson became the second player outside the NBA to have his signature shoe. Fortson is a player of Zhejiang Guangsha and signed a sneaker deal with Chinese brand 361.
Shoe industry sources told ESPN’s Nick DePaula that there is an internal consensus at Nike that the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson is a force unlike any the company has seen before and will warrant his own custom-made shoes with added support and reinforcement once he’s a pro. Custom shoes for college players are rare, except in cases of an extreme size or fit situation. For example, Nike made UNC Asheville’s 7-foot-7 center Kenny George 12 custom pairs of a size 26 shoe.
Kawhi. NB Hoops. We Got Now. (oh yeah, sneaker debut at #NBAAllStar)
With nearly 60 NBA players as clients and a viral online following, thanks in part to his All-Star-laden summer pickup games, New York-based basketball trainer Chris Brickley has blurred the lines of coaching, social media influence, style and hoops culture in recent years. Now, he’s signed an exclusive sneaker deal with Puma, the first-ever multi-year shoe deal of its kind for a basketball trainer, as the brand continues its push back into the NBA landscape. Brickley and Puma will kick off the partnership with a free basketball camp for Charlotte-area kids, as one of many brand events at All-Star Weekend.
Galloway is one of the more well-respected sneakerheads in the NBA. His collection now includes about 1,000 pairs and is split up between his suburban Detroit residence and hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Galloway’s imprint in the sneaker community helped him earn a shoe deal with startup shoe company Q4 almost two years ago. The company provides the silhouettes as a canvas for his creative freedom. The logo is always visible. Every animated concept is generated by Galloway, a suggestion derived from the 10-year-old version of himself that still resides somewhere in his brain. From there, Galloway then relays his ideas to the two people he’s trusted in resurrecting his boyhood, Minnesota artists Salvatore Marcum, 26, known online as “MPLS Customs,” and Andrew Lewis, 32, better known as “ANDR3WTL.” Galloway was introduced to the shoe-based illustrators through hometown friend and WNBA star Seimone Augustus, who has played for the Minnesota Lynx since 2006.
What kind of marketing deals have you had while living and playing in China? JF: I’m with a company called 361 and this is my third year. They’ve created a signature shoe for me every year. Every time they put my shoe out with the Chinese characters that say “Jimo Dashen” they sell out every time. That’s my nickname out here and it means the lonely master. “Jimo” means lonely and it sounds like Jimmer. My teammates told me that it’s a good meaning, like you’re alone at the top of the mountain and no one can reach your level. Like, you’re the best basketball player and it’s a compliment.
B/R Kicks: Sneaker free agent @22wiggins wearing the Under Armour HOVR Havoc tonight.
As part of its re-emergence in basketball culture, Converse has signed Washington Wizards wing Kelly Oubre Jr. to a multi-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal. The shoe deal will be the first of its kind in the NBA, with Oubre expected to wear Nike basketball sneakers on court, while headlining its Nike Inc. subsidiary brand Converse casually.
“Every game since my rookie year, I came in and just always wanted to look nice and always wanted to outdo myself,” said Oubre. “[Style isn’t] about anybody else, it’s about how you feel in what you’re wearing.” For the 22-year-old, whose rookie shoe deal with Adidas expired on Oct. 1, the sneaker free agency process saw him also receive interest and take pitches from Puma and New Balance. Converse, originally founded in 1908 with longtime roots in the NBA, presented a unique twist on the standard shoe deal. “It’s a different vibration when it comes to someone who is trying to reinvent themselves in something that they started,” said Oubre. “It’s not necessarily someone trying to come in and disrupt the game, or someone trying to step onto the scene as newcomers again. [Converse] started this, and it’s cool to be a part of something with the exclusivity to work with this company, start a partnership and a foundation.”
NDP: You weren’t playing of course, but you were doing a sideline interview with the team, and KD’s shoe fell off. What was going through your head, and how natural was that for you to say, “Wouldn’t have happened in the Pumas.” DeMarcus Cousins: It just came off the dome. [laughs] I was just being honest. The day I put my foot in the Pumas, I knew it was different. It’s the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever put on, by far, when it comes to hoops. I haven’t had a problem yet, and I don’t expect to.
NDP: How much of a factor was it that you’d be going from being one of many, to now coming to Puma as a 4-time All-Star and the most accomplished player, giving product input and really making an impact? DeMarcus Cousins: That also played a part in it. Being one of many at one company, and [now] being in a small elite group is a special feeling. That also played a big part in this decision. Basketball separates it from everything else. It’s not 200, 300 players with the brand – it’s a select few. I feel like it’s an elite group, and it’s going to continue to grow from here.
Jeff Goodman: Jim Boeheim on former Syracuse signee Darius Bazley getting guaranteed $1 million deal with New Balance: “LeBron did a nice job helping his client. It is LeBron’s client, right?”
LeBron James: OH THEY BIG MAD!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣
Jim Boeheim: Not me! I’m happy for him! I wish him the best.
On Monday, the Cincinnati-based prep star announced a partnership with the shoe company New Balance that will pay him at least $1 million — and potentially much more — to be an intern. Warriors forward Kevin Durant offered support for Bazley’s decision Monday night following Golden State’s 123-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns. “It’s cool that he’s going to get some money,” Durant said. “I wonder what he’s going to do on the basketball court. But it’s good that he’s going to make some money while not playing.”
LeBron James: I’m so proud of Rich and the team at @KlutchSports . They are changing the game and redefining what it means to “represent” a kid and his family. 🙏🏾💪🏾💯#Striveforgreatness🚀
Yet that plan has also been nixed. In May, Bazley signed with the prominent agent Rich Paul, who represents LeBron James, John Wall and Ben Simmons among Klutch Sports’ 18 N.B.A. clients. This week, Paul revealed he has arranged for Bazley to spend the heart of the college basketball season — January, February and March — as an intern at New Balance. The internship, to be precise, is folded into a handsome shoe contract Bazley, 18, has landed with New Balance on the lure of his pro potential. According to Paul, Bazley’s multiyear deal will pay him $1 million “no matter what happens” with his N.B.A. career — and can pay up to $14 million if he reaches all performance incentives. “They hooked me up,” Bazley said.
Currently training in Memphis and living with the Memphis assistant coach Mike Miller — one of James’s favorite former teammates — Bazley is moving to the Boston area in early January to launch his off-court business education. He is expected to spend time with New Balance’s marketing department, digital and social teams, footwear and apparel design arms and the company’s sports laboratory in Lawrence, Mass. New Balance hasn’t marketed basketball shoes since the 1980s, when Worthy was at the height of his success with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bazley is the company’s first signee as part of the relaunch. He was rated No. 26, near the bottom of the first round, in ESPN’s most recent mock draft Aug. 29.
Orlando Magic rookie center Mo Bamba has officially signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Under Armour. The news comes a few days after Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid inked his deal with the Maryland-based sportswear company. The 7′ 10″ Bamba was selected sixth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Magic after playing one season at the University of Texas. Over the summer, the center also gained more viral fame for being the namesake of fellow Harlem native Sheck Wes’ summer anthem “Mo Bamba.” “I’m now in a position to blaze my own trail,” Bamba said in a press release.
Nick DePaule: Andrew Wiggins kicks his sneaker free agency off in a pair of Nike KD11s. His team has been reaching out to brands all month and is still looking to gain traction on a shoe deal offer. Adidas has so far been willing to let him walk.
The emotional toll is obvious, but Kanter’s sacrifice is evident elsewhere. He can’t leave North America and hasn’t been able to secure any endorsement deals. Nike, the same company that championed Colin Kaepernick’s controversial remonstration by putting him on the frontlines of a recent ad campaign, now refuses to sign Kanter. “I talked to Nike and they said ‘we want to give Enes a contract. We’re watching him. But if we give him a contract they will shut down every store in Turkey, so we cannot give him a contract,’” he says. “I’m an NBA player with no shoe deal. No endorsement deal. And I play in New York!”
Nick DePaula: Warriors All-Star DeMarcus Cousins’ multi-year shoe deal with Puma is now official, as Nike has officially declined to exercise its match rights, according to a brand source. Cousins immediately becomes most accomplished NBA player signed to Puma and current face of the brand.
Resell platform GOAT has partnered with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma for a first-of-its-kind endorsement. Making the most of the NBA’s lifted sneaker restrictions, GOAT plans to outfit Kuzma in rare Nike shoes both on and off the court throughout the year. Teaser shots include Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 “MoMA” and the “Crown Jewel” LeBron 10. “GOAT has inspired me to start collecting more seriously and build my style around sneakers,” Kuzma said in a press release. “People assume that, as an NBA athlete, you can get access to any kind of sneaker you want. When in reality, it’s hard to get the exclusive releases or shoes from the past, and feel confident they’re authentic. GOAT gives me a second chance at not only the limited releases I missed, but also the shoes I wasn’t able to afford growing up.”
Nick DePaula: Oklahoma City Thunder rookie @HamidouDiallo has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Under Armour. The high flyer will be wearing the new HOVR Havoc Low model to start the season.
Gordon Hayward: New season. New beginnings. I’m excited to announce my partnership with Anta! GH signature shoe dropping next fall 🔥 Big things to come… pic.twitter.com/zTiHh5nbWP
This season, Dinwiddie is debuting his signature shoe, K8IROS, which he developed with a company called Project Dream, eschewing the help of a major brand. He’s the only NBA player to embark on such a mission. (As he notes, “What a lot of people don’t know about Big Baller Brand is they [use] Brandblack, which is a subsidiary of Skechers.”)
Instead, his deal is high-upside with some risk, just the way he likes it. Dinwiddie says he’ll receive upward of 50 percent of his sneaker’s profits, provided he can successfully leverage his platform to net any profit. (From his overall cut, 25.08 percent—representing his college and professional jersey numbers—will go to the Dinwiddie Family Foundation, which helps send kids to college.)
Philadelphia 76ers franchise center Joel Embiid has signed a five-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Under Armour. The average annual value of the deal is expected to make the 7-foot All-Star the highest-paid player at his position, industry sources told ESPN’s Nick DePaula.
His prior brand, Adidas, had up to 10 business days to exercise its standard “match clause” rights on the Under Armour offer sheet, but the company moved quickly and had notified Embiid and his CAA representatives by the following morning that it would be declining to match. The 24-year-old was also heavily courted by Puma and New Balance over the past month, but he keyed in on Under Armour as being his preferred destination early in the process. After averaging 23 points and nine rebounds per game during his second season for a rising 76ers team that finished third in the Eastern Conference, Embiid emerged as the most sought after sneaker free agent of the fall.
Shams Charania: 76ers star Joel Embiid has signed a multiyear endorsement contract with Under Armour, a deal making him highest paid big man on shoe deal, per sources. Embiid had been with Adidas.
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid is signing with Under Armour, sources told Yahoo Sports, with the endorsement deal expected to be finalized Wednesday. Embiid appears ready to test the theory that the NBA’s tallest stars can’t sell shoes.
Nick DePaula: BREAKING: PUMA has signed NBA Champion and newly acquired Toronto Raptors forward Danny Green to a multi-year shoe deal, as hinted over the weekend. pic.twitter.com/2ahpHfRP4r
For those on the outside looking in, Lillard’s kicks may not appear to be a big deal but for Utah Jazz rising star Donovan Mitchell they signify a place he’s looking to get in his career. “If that ever happens, it would be a blessing,” Mitchell told the Deseret News. “I would be really excited for that to happen. Like I said, every kid kind of dreams of those things. For that, I would be really blessed but I guess I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, but that would be awesome.”
But for now, Mitchell is being marketed in ads and promotions among the next wave of Adidas athletes to wear the Pro Bounce and Mad Bounce models this season. He could break out up to 10 player exclusive — or PE — colorways throughout his sophomore campaign, according to a Deseret News source, such as his sunshine yellow versions, the Louisville-themed red edition plus the Jazz’s yellow, navy, green and white ones that he’s already sported throughout preseason, but there’s more to come. “I won’t give you too much, but some other things for sure,” Mitchell said, smiling.
“But then the second year, it got a little tighter on the scouting report, they was trying to take me out now,” he continued. “The top players they know I’m their competition so now it’s not ‘Lil Bro’ no more, they’re coming for you and you’re more of a priority. “That changes and then you deal with that and then you see how you’ll handle it then after that they’ll say, ‘OK, we’re dealing with something real’ and the fans they learn to appreciate and respect it and then maybe a shoe company says ‘he can sell a shoe. He has the personality to sell a shoe,’” Lillard explained. “It’s a lot of things that goes into being a signature athlete. So, it’s one thing to be one of the best players and then for a company to say, ‘alright we want to give you a signature shoe’ and ‘we believe you can sell a shoe.’ That’s completely different so it’ll be interesting to see that process for him.”
Nick DePaula: BREAKING: Warriors All-Star DeMarcus Cousins has signed a lucrative multi-year shoe deal with PUMA to headline their basketball relaunch. Nike will have 10 days to decide to exercise their “match clause” rights.
SLAM Magazine: After reportedly agreeing to a deal with Anta, Gordon Hayward is back in 2017 Hyperdunks. Looks like Nike decided to exercise their right to match the contract offer from Anta. pic.twitter.com/6tw458rsSw
Jabari Young: Sources tell @TheAthleticNBA former #Spurs forward Kyle Anderson and current #Grizzlies forward has agreed to a 1-year deal product deal with Nike … Kyle was with originally with Adidas since 2014
Since the season started, Looney has stayed true to Adidas, despite his current status. He still gets merchandise from the brand, and says he plans on wearing an Adidas shoe in the team’s first preseason game Saturday. “I’m three stripes for life,” Looney said. “Until I’m not anymore.”
Nick DePaula: Boston Celtics All-Star @GordonHayward has agreed to a 4-year footwear & apparel offer sheet with Anta. The massive shoe deal also includes a signature apparel collection and marketing throughout Asia and the US. Nike will have 10 business days to exercise their “match clause.” pic.twitter.com/GIrLpxFA6d
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has agreed to a new multiyear endorsement deal with Nike. Turner is an emerging cornerstone for Pacers.
Joel Embiid has been wearing Under Armour sneakers the past three days. This comes after having worn adidas since being drafted in 2014. “My contract with adidas officially ends up on the 30th,” Embiid said. “Just trying new shoes. I’m a free agent. So I’m just a trying new shoes, but there’s contract negotiations and we’re pretty close.”
Eric Woodyard: Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder has re-signed with Nike.
One reserve player who has a deal with Nike revealed that he gets free shoes and he’s also given a $20,000 allowance that he can use to shop online. He can buy anything on the website with that money, even shoes and clothes for women and children, so his friends and family can use it too. The deals vary depending on the player. “It is tougher with lesser-known players,” another agent confirmed. “However, you can find local deals for a lesser-known player, even if they have trouble getting national deals. There are always exceptions too. There are a few factors that can help. For example, what does the guy’s social media look like? Maybe he’ll have a big following from his time in college, which can really help. I think it just depends. You can get endorsement deals for lesser-known players, but I do agree that the national deals are typically reserved for All-Stars and high-profile rookies who are just entering the league.”
Josh Okogie: Happy to be a part of the Nike family! #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/KxdAsTg8xg
Nick DePaula: Blake Griffin has agreed to a shoe deal extension with Jordan Brand, in advance of his current deal expiring this Fall. Blake also recently announced the new Griffin Family Performance Center at Oklahoma University. The Sooners will begin wearing Jordan Brand this season. pic.twitter.com/hDMfLW1aUQ
Nick DePaula: Washington Wizards’ 15th overall pick @Troy_Brown33 has agreed to a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. Brown averaged 18 pts & 7 rebs during a strong Summer League showing. He celebrated the deal by donating a batch of Nike shoes to his hometown Las Vegas’ back-to-school kids fair.
Nick DePaula: LA Clippers’ 13th overall pick Jerome Robinson has agreed to a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. pic.twitter.com/NN9SgyC4RC
Shams Charania: New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox — the No. 9 overall pick in June — has signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Puma, sources say.
Nick DePaula: Puma appears to have signed Knicks rookie Kevin Knox, who had an impressive summer league showing. Knox has the same agent as Terry Rozier, who recently also signed with Puma. Would be a great signing and give the brand more market & positional balance.
Nick DePaula: Clippers PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has agreed to a multi-year footwear & apparel endorsement deal with Nike. pic.twitter.com/9d07msAmDc
Although Rose is now a backup earning the league minimum, he’s still the fifth-highest paid sneaker endorser in the NBA, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Harden. Rose is no longer on the level of those players on the court, but he remains just as popular as any of them in a country that has more NBA fans than the entire population of the United States.
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Considering Kanter can get locked up in prison if he ever goes back home, he’s kick-started the process of becoming a U.S. citizen … and is thinking of making even more changes to go along with it. “I’m actually becoming a U.S. citizen in 2 years,” Kanter said … “I’m actually thinking about adding an American name. I’m still thinking about it. I don’t know yet.”
As he spoke and the speaker above cut in and out, Gilgeous-Alexander balanced between a player who knows he belongs and one who understands he has plenty to learn. “I am not Russell Westbrook,” Gilgeous-Alexander said with no malice. “I do not have the same name, same body type, stuff like that. So, I’m just going to try to be myself and be the best me and everything else will take care of itself. “I’m just a basketball player. Regardless of the situation, I’m going to continue to work hard and play my game. I know that eventually it will come out. I don’t worry about starting. I’m not worried about accolades or things like that. I just work hard, keep my head down and (stay) true to who I am.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on what he’s learned already from veteran guard and Thunder newcomer Chris Paul: “Some of the things I’d like to keep secret. I’ve learned a lot from him in terms of thinking the game, angles and things like that… His ability to get shots off at his size is what differentiates him.”
“We have a bunch of guys who don’t mind being the underdogs,” Walker told reporters. “We are hungry, and we are going to go out there to try and win a gold medal…I take pride in being a leader and guys looking to me and I’m here to set the tempo and bring my experience and energy.” Walker is arguably the best player on the team, so it’s no surprise that he’s a captain. Mitchell being named a captain isn’t a shock either, when you consider how he came in as a rookie and showed tremendous ability as a leader with the Jazz and has continued to build off that success.
Germany will play against Tunisia and Japan in Saitama near Tokyo on August 23rd and 24th respectively. On August 26, the squad will head to Shenzhen, China where the World Cup group phase will be played. The 13 players currently in Japan for the German NT are: Dennis Schroder, Maodo Lo, Ismet Akpinar, Isaac Bonga, Andreas Obst, Robin Benzing, Paul Zipser, Niels Giffey, Johannes Thiemann, Danilo Barthell, Maximilian Kleber, Daniel Theis, Johannes Voigtmann.
What’s your next move? Brett Yormark: I’m not going to announce it yet. I knew there was going to be an end to one chapter and the beginning of another. Ownership effectively told me last spring that (selling the majority share to Joe Tsai) was something they were contemplating. I extended my deal through December to provide oversight of the transaction. There was always a plan to leave with ownership. I’ve become very close to Mikhail Prokhorov and (board chairman) Dmitry Razumov. It would have been very tough for me to leave the company, knowing that ownership was going to stay on board. My goal is to announce where I’m heading in mid-September, assuming everything works out. I’m going to stay in sports and entertainment and look forward to build something and create value. It’s no different than what I did at NASCAR and BSE.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has been home for nearly a week in Detroit as he continues to recover from a stroke suffered in May. Gilbert had spent the past two months in a rehabilitation center in Chicago. On Thursday, Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner provided a brief update on the 57-year-old billionaire businessman.