If Houston Rockets guard James Harden accepts the 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal by sportswear giant Adidas, he will be rolling in moolah!
Recently named as Most Valuable Player by The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Harden’s earlier contract with Nike has come to an end and Adidas spared no time in giving him an offer that is hard to refuse. Reports say that Nike had made a $1 billion bid in June to retain Harden for the 2017-18 season. If Nike wants to keep Harden, they need to match the deal by the end of next week.
Though the terms of the contract are under wraps, a statement from Michael Ehrlich, Adidas’ spokesman said, “We’ve invited James Harden to join Adidas.” The offer was made yesterday but the company also confirmed that it will not renew the deal after the 2016-17 season. It seems that Harden’s beard and his “natural sense of fashion” made him an ideal candidate to extend the offer to for endorsing Adidas’ Y-3 line.
Harden’s c average stands at 27.4 points, 7.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game last season; he also placed second after Stephen Curry in the MVP voting. He is currently signed with the Rockets through 2017-18 after an $80 million contract extension signed three years ago.