Kristaps Porzingis was viewed as a huge risk when the New York Knicks drafted the forward fourth overall in 2015, but his acquisition now looks like an inspired bit of business.
The Latvian's popularity soared as he helped the Knicks win 15 games more than the previous season and he finished fourth in jersey sales out of all 400 players in the league last year.
Whilst playing in Spain as a teenager in 2012, Porzingis signed a four-year shoe deal with Nike that paid him $25,000 per year.
Now, Adidas are set to hand him the most lucrative shoe deal for a European player ever.
The Vertical are reporting that the contract reportedly is worth between $3 million and $6 million annually, a figure that Nike would have to match by mid-October.
They aren't expected to do so, meaning Porzingis will likely wear Adidas’ new high-top Crazy Explosive shoe in custom Knicks-themed colors on opening night Oct 25 at Cleveland.
To get his own signature shoe and rake in the full $6 million, Porzigod will have to excel on the court, with being voted a starter in the All-Star Game one of his objectives among many others.
“All I can say is both Nike and Adidas are first-class companies,” Porzingis told The Vertical on Wednesday. “I would be lucky to align myself with either one. The amount of attention I received was flattering, but right now I am letting my agents handle the business side of things.”