Zion Williamson is one of the most anticipated rookies to hit an NBA court since LeBron James. It took the former Duke Blue Devils star some time, but he finally signed a five-year $75 million deal with Jordan Brand.
Williamson’s favorite player is Michael Jordan and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sign with the great one.
What’s interesting about this particular deal, is that he actually took less money to sign with Jordan Brand. In a new report from ESPN’s Nick DePaula, it was revealed that Puma also offered him $15 million a year, but they sweetened the pot by willing to give him an extra $3 million in bonuses.
“The company knew that a strong social media presence and flashy on-court sneakers wouldn’t be enough to land Williamson. So when they met with the future No. 1 pick earlier this spring, they offered him an impressive financial commitment: a deal that soared as high as $15 million per year, plus the potential to add an additional $3 million a year in bonuses.”
In the end, the heart wants what it wants. Zion is most definitely going to recoup every dollar he likely lost by not taking other bigger shoe deals.