Kristaps Porzingis reportedly signs largest shoe deal ever by European player
Adidas apparently is banking on Kristaps Porzingis' ability to grow into a superstar. The shoe company signed the 21-year-old New York Knicks forward to the most lucrative deal for a European player, The Vertical reported Wednesday.
The contract reportedly is worth between $3 million and $6 million annually, a figure Nike, Porzingis' previous shoe company, would have to match by mid-October. Nike is not expected to match the terms, according to the report.
Porzingis, who was selected fourth overall in the 2015 draft, took New York by storm last season. His blend of shooting and athleticism gave the struggling franchise a player to build around. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds and finished second to Karl-Anthony Towns in Rookie of the Year voting.