adidas has just made a huge offer to James Harden that is worth $200 million over 13 years to sign Houston Rockets guard James Harden, and take him away from the Swoosh, Nike.
Sources close to ESPN has been told that Nike has until the end of next week to match the deal or lose him.
A $200 million offer is huge, considering it represents half of what the brand paid for 11 seasons as the NBA’s official uniform supplier. Earlier this year, adidas announced that it would not fight to renew that deal, which will see its competitor Nike take over after the 2016-17 season.
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.
Let us know what you guys think in the comments section. Should James Harden take the money and leave Nike for adidas?
UPDATE: James Harden has officially signed with adidas on a $13-year, $200 million offer. The partnership will begin on October 1st, and will include a signature shoe, his own apparel line as well as branded marketing commitments.
Here’s a statement from adidas:
“We’re a brand of creators and James embodies that more than any athlete in the game. His addition to the adidas basketball family is a game changer,” said Chris Grancio, adidas Global Basketball General Manager. “This partnership gives him the opportunity to achieve his goals and express himself in a totally new way as a creator. He’s already one of the most recognizable sports figures because of his game, his look, his hunger to win and his style on the off the court. His ceiling is far from reached, which tells you the future for him and our brand looks incredible.”
“We have a lot of energy in basketball right now and James takes that momentum to a whole new level,” Grancio continued. “James isn’t like anyone else. He approaches the game with a unique mentality and strives to go against convention. When he signed with the Rockets he moved from being the sixth man to the lead man, proving his willingness to establish himself as a resounding superstar.”
UDPATE: According to TMZ Sports, Nike won’t be matching the $200 million deal adidas offered James Harden as they reported that is to much to invest into one player.
Therefore, James Harden will officially be an adidas athlete later this week. Now we’ll see if adidas can get a signature shoe ready for the superstar.