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Anta Rumors

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward said Chinese shoe manufacturer Anta reached out to him this week to stress that the escalating turmoil between the NBA and China to will not affect Hayward’s endorsement deal with the company. “They were like, ‘Hey, our relationship stays the same,’” Hayward told the Globe on Friday. “So that’s kind of what I know about it, and they’ve been nothing but good to me.” Reuters reported this week that Anta said it is halting its contract renewal negotiations with the NBA.
“I haven’t followed everything about it,” Hayward said. “I kind of have an understanding of what’s going on. I think it’s a complicated issue. I know my relationship with them, with Anta, hasn’t changed. I have a great relationship with them. They’ve been really good to me, and after going to China I had a great time and the people there were super nice to me and my family, so that’s kind of all I know about the situation.”