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Report: Rose on verge of $250 million deal with Adidas

Dec 30, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

Derrick Rose said at the press conference for his recent contract extension that he really doesn’t know how much money he makes.

Let me help you out a bit Derrick — you are about to make mountains of cash.

Adidas is about to give Rose a lifetime contract worth about $250 million, according to ESPN.

One industry source insisted to ESPN.com this week that Rose’s new shoe deal with adidas will easily crack nine figures and could legitimately approach the $250 million range — as in $25 million annually over a 10-year span — in what is known in the shoe game as a “lifetime” deal.

How can the reigning MVP possibly command those kind of dollars as a shoe endorser? Here’s how: Rose, as it was explained to me, is adidas’ only counter to Kobe Bryant in China. I’m told Rose already outsells LeBron James there.

If you don’t think one endorser can mean that much to a brand, ask Nike about life without Michael Jordan.

Rose is the brightest star by far in the adidas pantheon. They also have Dwight Howard (which is rumored to be the reason Howard does not want to play in Chicago — adidas doesn’t want its two biggest stars in the same market. (Nike doesn’t seem to mind in Miami, but whatever.)

Smart move by adidas to lock up their biggest star, a guy who will potentially be at the top of the NBA for a decade. And maybe big in China.

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