New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Adidas, which will make him the highest-paid European player when it comes to shoes. As The Vertical reports, the deal is expected to pay him anywhere from $3 to $6 million, depending on performance-based incentives.
The 7’3″ Latvian sensation exploded on the scene last season for the Knicks after being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Despite the fact that he was just 19 years old upon the time of his selection, and considered a raw prospect, Porzingis adapted to the league quicker than most anyone could have expected, averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a rookie, starting all 72 games he appeared in.
Getting paid a lucrative sum for a shoe deal is a perk of playing in New York, especially for a rising star such as Porzingis. At just 21 years old, he already has the highest-paying deal for a European-born player and has the luxury of seeing if Nike will match the deal, although it has been speculated that they will not.
Adidas has made an impact in the NBA scene the past few seasons, inking James Harden as their main man, and getting other young players such as Harrison Barnes and Derrick Favors. This comes in light of Under Armour snaring a coup when Stephen Curry blossomed into a transcendental talent that all but forces companies to invest in players way before they’ve reached their full potential, which seems to be the case with Porzingis.