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adidas announces signings of Joel Embiid and Marcus Smart

Jul 16, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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adidas had already locked up two of the top five picks in this summer’s draft when they signed Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, and now have added two additional lottery picks to their team as brand endorsers.

Joel Embiid, who the Sixers selected with the third overall pick, and Marcus Smart, taken by the Celtics at six, are now a part of the adidas family.

From the official release:

“I couldn’t be happier to make it official, I am now a member of the adidas family,” said Marcus Smart.

Embiid and Smart join the ranks of an adidas Basketball roster highlighted by first-time NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards, 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.

“adidas is a brand I’ve always admired, I’m very happy to join their team as I start my NBA career,” said Joel Embiid.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that Embiid will receive $1.5 million over four years, and Smart will receive $1.2 million.

By comparison, Wiggins will receive $2 million per year for the next four years. Being the No. 1 overall pick apparently has its advantages.

  1. duhwighthoward - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Nice to know these fine young men will profit on sweatshop labor.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I’d be willing to bet that most, if not all, of the items you’re current wearing were made in similar conditions. It’s the way of the world, it’s not fair, but until people stop buying stuff, it won’t change.

      • fraudguy - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Or until we modify our labor, health, and safety laws to require all companies selling products in the US to abide by them regardless of where their products are manufactured.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Correct. But neither will be happening; your idea, while spot on, will never happen because it would cost too much money to the companies, and they have powerful lobbyists.

  2. djshnooks - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:05 PM


    Is that like the 3rd or 4th ranked shoe?

    Way to sell yourself short, kids…who in their right mind chooses Adidas over Nike?

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Selling themselves short would be signing with whatever shoe company for less money.

      Fairly obvious that they all took the best deal available. Nike didn’t want them bad enough.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Adidas money spends just like Nike money.

  3. stephenlin - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Wow, Adidas is getting all the rookies this year.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Take enough bets it pays off. Lillard was a hell of a chance.

  4. campcouch - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    As long as Gatorade doesn’t tweet out any disses, the world should be fine.

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