NBA superstar James Harden could be moving to Adidas after the sports apparel company offered him a multi-million deal to join the German brand.
Adidas is aiming to get another big name on its team of basketball shoe endorsers and it has offered Harden $200 million in a bid to win him over, ESPN reported. The contract will run for 13 years and will include a series of new signature basketball shoes for the Houston Rockets star.
“We’ve invited James Harden to join Adidas,” Adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich confirmed in a statement, ESPN noted.
“We’re a brand of creators and he truly embodies what that means with his approach to the game, his look and his style on and off the court. He’s coming off a historic season where he won the scoring title and was voted MVP by his peers. His connection with fans is unparalleled and unprecedented and he can take the game, our brand and the industry to new heights.”
The shooting guard was previously signed with Nike but the deal has expired this season making Harden an official free agent in the endorsement market. Should Nike aim to keep the All-Star on their side of the fence, they will have to match the offer before the end of the week.
This is not the first time that the German sports apparel brand tried to sign a Nike athlete. The brand also tried to sign former NBA MVP Kevin Durant last year after his contract with Nike ended. The Oklahoma Thunder star ended up re-signing with the American brand though.
Should Harden sign with Adidas, he will be among the brand’s NBA star endorsers, joining Derrick Rose, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Dwight Howard.
The bid to sign the former first round pick may also follow reports that Adidas dropped behind Under Armour in the U.S. sportswear brand, noted Yahoo! Sports. It was the first time the brand dropped to third place.