The Greek Freak may have just signed a 4-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, which is worth a whopping $100 million and keeps him in Wisconsin until 2021, but Giannis Antetokounmpo will be hitting a different free agent market this year. The sneaker free agent market.
Giannis' contract with Nike has just recently run out as of late, leaving Antetokounmpo without a shoe sponsor heading into next season, and shoe companies are clamoring over each other to try and get his signature.
Names such as Under Armour, Li-Ning, and of course Adidas are all trying to sign the 22-year-old wing player, as Giannis' Greek heritage and increased production year after means big bucks for whichever company signs him. Nike, however, has the right to match any deal that is sent his way, but with Nike already having prominent wing players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant already representing the brand, other brands sense an opening.
So much so in fact, that Adidas went a bit overboard trying to woo the small forward, sending Giannis a truck full of free merchandise in the hopes of swaying his decision:
Antetokounmpo was obviously happy with the present, and who wouldn't be with loads of free clothing from Adidas, but it is still seeming unlikely that Giannis will move away from Nike.
Giannis has rocked Nike Kobe's for the better part of two whole seasons, even refusing to swap to a different pair of Nikes on multiple occasions:
“He has exclusively worn the Kobe X Low model for the past two seasons, constantly declining to switch into Nike’s latest and greatest. The brand made him a custom pair of the new Kobe A.D. for the 2017 All-Star Game, yet he still opted to switch back into his beloved Kobe X just before tipoff. At one point, the brand even wanted him to debut the new React Hyperdunk 2017 during this year’s playoffs — but he stuck with the Kobes.”
Antetokounmpo is expected to make his decision in the coming weeks, and if Adidas can snag him away from Nike and add to their portfolio that includes James Harden and Kristaps Porzingis, their worldwide market, especially in Europe, should only continue to grow.