As the NBA Summer League winds down and the preseason approaches, it's not just game preparation that's on the minds of rookies, but also securing lucrative sneaker deals. Surprisingly, Toronto Raptors' rising star Gradey Dick and Los Angeles Lakers' promising guard Jalen Hood-Schifino have already taken care of business.
In an early Monday morning announcement, Adidas proudly declared that it has inked multi-year footwear and apparel contracts with Dick and Hood-Schifino. Their journey with the Three Stripes doesn't start here; both players showcased their talent wearing Adidas during their college days. Moreover, they were part of the brand's NIL class last year, which strengthened the bond between these players and the iconic sportswear giant. The announcement was not merely a formal press release; it was a heartfelt occasion for both athletes. They were seen in touching photoshoots alongside their beloved family members, emphasizing the invaluable support and inspiration they have received throughout their basketball journeys. Adidas made it clear that the 2023 Collection: Chapter 03 is a tribute to those unsung heroes, the village behind the players, who have been the pillars of strength.
Adidas expressed their excitement in officially welcoming Gradey Dick and Jalen Hood-Schifino into the prestigious Adidas basketball family. It's not just about the contract; it's a celebration of their passion for the game and a nod to the driving force behind their achievements. The quick signings demonstrate the determination and eagerness of these rookies to hit the ground running in their professional careers. Top draft picks, Victor Wembanyama and Brandon Miller have already aligned themselves with Nike, while Scoot Henderson, the third overall pick, is proudly representing PUMA on the court.
Now, with their footwear contracts solidified, Dick and Hood-Schifino embark on a new phase of their journey. In less than three months, they will step onto the NBA stage and make their mark as professional athletes. For more on the latest athletes securing sneaker deals and to stay up to date with the latest sneaker news and releases, connect with us on Instagram and Twitter.
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