Posted October 16, 2013

Andrew Wiggins reportedly has $180M Adidas offer coming to him

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Andrew Wiggins, widely regarded to be the No. 1 pick in next years NBA draft, is reportedly going to receive a deal upwards of $180 million from Adidas. (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA draft. (Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Kansas Jayhawks forward Andrew Wiggins reportedly has a deal from Adidas waiting for him if he heads to the NBA after this season – and the offer could pay the freshman up to $180 million over 10 years.

According to a report Tuesday from Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, the 18-year-old Wiggins, widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft, will likely see an offer from Adidas for somewhere in the ballpark of $140 to $180 million. As Zwerling indicates, however, Nike is likely to match any offer he receives, which could drive the bidding war into the ballpark of $200 million:

“I’m hearing from people at Kansas that he’s got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from Adidas,” a source close to Wiggins’ inner circle said. “But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything.”

To put into context, NBA reigning MVP LeBron James came into the league after high school in 2003 and inked a seven-year, $93 million deal with Nike.

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As far as speculation on Wiggins’ agency representation, Zwerling reported that several NBA agents believe that the Ontario native will go with Creative Artists Agency, who are partners with Jay Z’s recently launched Roc Nation Sports agency.

For now, however, Wiggins will be focusing on his upcoming season with the Jayhawks, a team outfitted by Adidas.

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24 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Black people love me, I love them, SI does not suck.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

I want to wear shoes that this kid is paid to wear!  People are stupid....

DSM
DSM

The corrupting influence of huge sneaker payments--often under the table--on high school and college sports is sadly ignored by the NCAA and media

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

He will be the next Len Bias if they give him that money.

TimDeranek
TimDeranek

What is the over/under on the GPA he'll have for the only semester he attends at KU?

phillymoose
phillymoose

i probably missed it, but why did this kid choose jayhawks over nba ?

youngnorth77
youngnorth77

guy may not even be that good in the Nba 

eddie767
eddie767

I know this is speculative talk,but this is something that could make NCAA/Kansas question Wiggins eligibility. But,we know writers don't care about anything but the story whether true or not.

kkingbrian
kkingbrian

Yet another reason why the NCAA is an absolute joke of an organization.  They can't even pretend that they are distancing one of their 'student-athletes' from professional sports.

GaryAyd
GaryAyd

Two things NBA players are not un-coachable (see its best player Lebron still adding things to his game 10 yrs in)  You don't do that without coaching and listening to the coaching.  Also they talk about it because college is the joke not the NBA college forces kids to do it so they can exploit them and get their pound of flesh for at least one year before the kids can get theirs.  Don't give me the scholarship argument if I can have somewhere between 200 and 300 million from my first NBA contract and a shoe deal I can afford to pursue as many degrees as my heart desires. 

Doug1
Doug1

And why are they even allowed to talk about this when the kid hasn't even played a game of college ball? 

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@TimDeranek 

He will be on the same plan Marcus Camby was when he went to school with me.  A's in African study classes, F's in all others.

muser
muser

@TimDeranek 3.5...two semesters. That's why adidas believes he's worth that $$  He's different on and off the court.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@phillymoose Because he can't jump straight into the NBA. Players must be 1 year removed from high school before going Pro (look at Jennings, who instead of going to college, played one year over seas after high school)

JAY20
JAY20

@GaryAyd 

Wiggins is the exception. 99% of students athletes don't get this type of offer. Out of thousands and thousands of male student athletes who have an athletic scholarship to play basketball, only 60 are drafted and only 30 get guaranteed contracts... and that's just male basketball players. You are 100% right about the NCAA exploiting these kids, but the "scholarship argument", as you call it, is valid. 

You say YOU can have somewhere between $200/300M with your initial contracts as a pro player.... how many times has a rookie received that type of money in the last 20-30 years?? Half a dozen, maybe? Your post is like these sort of offers are the norm for everyone who gets drafted.

BlackhawkJayhawk
BlackhawkJayhawk

@GaryAyd if anything LeBron coaches himself so I think that was a bad example but not disagreeing with your point