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Nike Could Sign Lonzo Ball, But Is $1 Billion Too Much?

Credit: Slam Online

Credit: Slam Online

Through 36 games as a freshman, Lonzo became a very dominant player and a prolific scorer, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, 6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game on .551 shooting and .412 from deep, although his .673 from the charity stripe is a legit concern, as well as his lack of midrange shot and how that could translate to the NBA.

Lonzo Ball will be the 1st or the 2nd pick in the NBA Draft, and his father LaVar Ball already made a big hype about his family and the new brand - Big Baller Brand.

Just 20 days ago, LaVar Ball said that he wants $1 Billion for his three sons - Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo.

“A billion dollars, it has to be there,” Ball toldUSATODAY. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”

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But, we already have the answer directly from the Nike organization.

Nike co-founder Phil Knight recently said that Lonzo Ball is an "an awfully great player", and he confirms that Nike will follow Lonzo Ball, "Yeah, we [Nike] have an interest."

But, what about $1 Billion-contract?

“It’s a little steep,’’ said Knight.

It will be very interesting to see how much dollars will Nike offer to the Ball Brothers or just Lonzo Ball. Maybe they will offer $100 million dollars for the first 4 years (during his rookie season), but if Lonzo Ball become a great player during that period, maybe Under Armour or Adidas could offer more than Nike.


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