NBA baller James Harden may soon be $200 million dollars richer if Adidas has their way…allegedly. Get the deets on his supposed lucrative endorsement deal and find out what Kobe Bryant is up to in China inside….
There are rumblings that Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden, who won the 2015 NBA scoring title, has been offered a huge endorsement deal with Adidas.
According to ESPN, the mega footwear brand has submitted a bid of $200 million (yes, $200 milli) over 13 years to sign the 2015 MVP runner-up. James’ contract with Nike has expired, so Adidas is pulling out all the stops to ink a deal with the NBA superstar.
Adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich said in a statement:
Adidas statement on our story of its $200 million bid for James Harden pic.twitter.com/ZeRtW9IVzI
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 3, 2015
It’s interesting to note, Adidas decided it would not extend its contract as the NBA’s official apparel provider after the 2016-2017 season. The $200 million that the company is allegedly offering James represents half of what the brand paid for 11 seasons as the NBA’s official uniform supplier. So this is a HUGE deal to try and lure James away from Nike.
As of now, James is relishing in his $80 million contract extension with the Rockets that goes through the 2017-2018 season. Mmhmm….Khloe Kardashian, we’re on to you.
In other sports news….
NBA legend Kobe Bryant is currently overseas on his annual Nike branding tour stopping in China this week.
Today, the L.A. Lakers baller made a stop in Shanghai, China to promote the “NBA Hero” mobile gaming app based in China.
It’s clear Kobe is loved overseas as he has been welcomed in Guangzhou and Shanghai by thousands of locals:
A photo posted by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Aug 2, 2015 at 12:27am PDT
A photo posted by Kri$-B (@_kris_b) on Aug 3, 2015 at 11:11am PDT
As he continues his press tour, there has been talk about the upcoming season being Kobe’s last, but the veteran baller says he still remains undecided about his retirement. He recently told Yahoo Sports,
“We haven’t set anything in stone. And I’ve talked about it before,” Bryant said. “But could this be the last? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe you will know.'”
So once he knows, we’re sure he’ll let us know. Until then, keep ballin’ Kobe!