Shoe company offers James Harden $200 million
Santino Honasan on Aug 04, 2015 07:48 AM
Could we see a James Harden signature sneaker soon?
Houston Rockets All-Star and NBA MVP runner-up James Harden was reportedly offered 200 million dollars over the course of 13 years by adidas to leave Nike.
Harden has been been with Nike since coming into the NBA, but his contract with the sportswear giants has recently expired, giving way for competitors to make their bid. Nike will have until the end of the week to match any offer or they lose the bearded one, as originally reported by ESPN's Darren Rovell.
BREAKING: Adidas has offered James Harden $200 million to leave Nike— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 3, 2015
Nike has long been the biggest shoe outfitter in the NBA, especially with big names such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant having their own sneaker lines. Most recently, the Oregon-based company added another signature endorser in young star Kyrie Irving.
It's also worth mentioning that the Jordan Brand, which also falls under the Nike umbrella, has the likes of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony and soon Russell Westbrook with their own signatures, while guys like Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, and LaMarcus Aldridge are all considered Jordan Brand members.
adidas still remains as the next most prominent sneaker brand in the league, but according to Rovell, the company slipped to third in sales in the United States after Under Armour moved into the number two spot.
Signing Harden could be a big boost in adidas' roster of NBA stars, and the 200 million-dollar deal could very well mean a signature shoe for the 25-year old Harden, something that Nike didn't have for star swingman just yet.
Should the adidas deal fall into place, Harden joins teammate Dwight Howard, as well as Derrick Rose, John Wall, and Damian Lillard as endorsers of the three-stripe brand.
Adidas statement on our story of its $200 million bid for James Harden pic.twitter.com/ZeRtW9IVzI— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 3, 2015
Will the bearded one remain with Nike, or has adidas done enough to sign a new marquee endorser? Could the "Harden 1's" be hitting stores soon?
Whatever the case though, one of these two sneaker companies will be paying Harden a whole lot of money.