The NBA has ruled that Michael Jordan can no longer determine which players receive shoe deals from his brand, Air Jordan, as he is the current owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The new salary cap rules prohibit Jordan from having a say in such matters as it may provide the Hornets will an unfair advantage with him at the helm.
It is unclear at this time whether Jordan intends to fight the NBA on their decision.
Current Hornets players Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who signed a four-year extension Tuesday, and Cody Zeller are both a part of the Jordan brand while Michael himself wore the shoes as a player. The possibility of offering players incentives while negotiating contracts or matters surrounding free agency has now been taken away from both Jordan and the franchise. If Jordan were to have a say in the shoe deals that his company extends with players around the league, it could cause an unfair competitive imbalance and provide an edge.
Nike.com has tallied 27 former and current NBA players that are under contract with the Jordan brand including superstars Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin.