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Report: Andrew Wiggins signs $10-12 million shoe deal with Adidas

Jul 9, 2014, 12:47 AM EDT

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Adidas has signed potentially the biggest star out of this draft, and they spent big money to do it.

Number one pick Andrew Wiggins has signed with Adidas, reports Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today.

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the June draft, has reached a shoe and apparel deal with Adidas, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until it was announced officially, which is expected Wednesday.

While the exact numbers are not in, Darren Rovell of ESPN said it was a multi-year deal worth at least $2 million a year to start, other rumors had it going much higher than that. However, some of the early reports should be questioned, because PBT has learned the deal is more like $10-12 million total to start over five years. Marc Spears put it this way.

(That is the largest Adidas deal, not overall, which is still Nike’s rookie deal with LeBron.)

Wiggins is a super athletic swingman with a world of potential — he has good skills to go with the athleticism plus he works hard on defense. He seems coachable and the early reports out of Cavs camp are very positive (as if they would say something else). We’ll see how good he really is but there is a lot of potential. And even more hype.

Adidas has been trying to grab a number of top guards and wingmen including Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and John Wall, plus big men Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, and Joakim Noah (not to mention WNBA star Candace Parker). While it’s nice to have big men in the mix, it is scoring wings and guards that sell shoes.

Adidas is betting on Wiggins to do just that.

  1. jayhit - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Adidas needs something better then Rose showing off his new shoes every year and tearing something in his knee…. Not really saying much for Adidas shoes or really making me want to buy a pair either…

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      His ankles were fine though – those things are always wrapped up tighter than a burrito in Adidas gear.

  2. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    You hear that Lebron? I haven’t heard of anyone offering Shabez Napier a shoe deal.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      If Mario Chalmers can get a shoe deal…

    • rskinzluva - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      What does he have to do with this. That’s the agents job not LBJs. Why do ppl like you, blame him for everyone’s problems or lack of making money?

    • ranfan12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      all lebron has to do is say ‘napier should get a deal”, and so it shall be. king james has spoken

    • bucrightoff - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Pretty sure Matt Bonner has a shoe deal with New Balance. So apparently it’s not as hard as we think.

  3. jayhit - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    RIP Wiggins wobbly Knees… Enjoy your Adidas shoes- Love D.Rose

  4. lakerade - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Shoes matter. Feet are different. Is LeBron his teammate or not?

  5. seasickcecil - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    I guess that there are 40 or so people who would buy a Nappier shoe lol.

  6. csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Didn’t Sebastian Telfair get $15 mil, what Addias is cutting corners these days

  7. clevelandrox - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:38 AM

    yall hating on a rookie!…yall aint seen noting yet!…get yo hate pom poms out! LOL

  8. saint1997 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:44 AM

    Can the Cavs please bring back the red and gold uniforms? That would be awesome

  9. greenejoemean - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    So i guess those rumors of him getting that $100 million plus deal while at KU were false.

  10. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    The new Lillards are not bad. For Adidas.

  11. illogic87 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    basketball is so dumb

  12. shuttaman1990 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Addidas gon wreck his knees, and add that in the mix that he’s playing for the cavs who ruined another Canadian(bennet)
    It’s a damn shame what happened to Wiggins.
    Lakers all day

  13. andreboy1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    You mean, “PBT has read a tweet from someone that states the deal is much larger”

  14. 1historian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    “12 million to start over 5 ears.”

    Got that far, had to stop – game called on account of laughter

  15. DonRSD - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Sign with Nike for less and become a star.

  16. jeffkx - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM


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