Which NBA Player Is Next to Land a Signature Shoe Deal?

The last few months have been particularly busy for the NBA. The NBA Finals just wrapped last month, the draft soon followed and now the league is knee-deep in free agency.

During the NBA’s free agency period—which began at 12:01 a.m. on July 1—NBA teams engage in heavy bidding to sign the league’s best talent.

And the resulting offers make even the cushiest, six-figure corporate America compensation packages look like minimum wage.

Case in point, the Pelicans and Anthony Davis just agreed to a five-year, $145 million contract.

Wait, there’s more: the Cavaliers and Kevin Love have agreed to five-year, $110 million contract; Draymond Green will re-sign with the Warriors for a five-year, $85 million dollar contract; and the Heat and Goran Dragic have agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal.

And those are just a few of the multi-million dollar signings set to take place.

Before you waltz into your human resources department to hand in your resignation in hopes of pursuing your newly-acquired hoop dreams, we’ve got even more details that are certain to send you reeling.

The shoe endorsement packages these elite athletes are offered on top of their NBA deals, are just as lucrative.

The ability to get paid to sport a major footwear company’s wares while playing a sport one loves is pretty exciting, to say the least. But an actual signature shoe with one’s name and image integrated into its very design? That’s icing on the cake.

Here, we breakdown the top athletes insiders say could be next to land signature shoe deals.

*Player: James Harden

Team: Houston Rockets

Position: Guard

Current Deal: Nike (No Signature Shoe)

Prospects for deal/signature shoe: Nike, Adidas

*Player: Anthony Davis

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

Position: Forward-Center

Current Deal: Nike (No Signature Shoe)

Prospects for deal/signature shoe: Nike

*Player: Paul George

Team: Indiana Pacers

Position: Forward

Prospects for deal/signature shoe: Nike

*Player: Russell Westbrook

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Position: Guard

Current Deal: Has a lifestyle shoe with Jordan but no sneaker

Prospects for deal/signature shoe: Jordan

*Player: Blake Griffin

Team: Los Angeles Clippers

Position: Forward

Current Deal: Nike but no signature shoe

Prospects for deal/signature shoe: Jordan

*Player: Emmanuel Mudiay

Team: Denver Nuggets

Position: Guard

Current Deal: Under Armour but no signature shoe

Prospects for deal/signature shoe: Under Armour

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