Is adidas Really Going To Give James Harden A Contract Worth $200 Million?
James Harden wasn’t an NBA free agent this summer, but it still sounds like he’s going to be getting a HUGE payday at some point in the very near future. According to ESPN.com, the Houston Rockets guard was just offered a 13-year, $200 million deal by adidas. Harden has worn Nike sneakers over the last few seasons, but his contract with the company expired recently. So adidas made him a gigantic offer, and Nike now has until the end of this week to match it.
Should they? The $200 million deal is a pretty insane deal by just about any standard. To help put it into perspective, adidas paid the NBA about twice that amount a decade ago in order to become the league’s official uniform supplier. Now, they’re willing to pay half that much just for one player to represent their brand. It’s kind of insane when you think about it like that—and even crazier that, if he agreed to the adidas deal, Harden would likely end up making more on his sneaker contract than he would with the Rockets.
“We’ve invited James Harden to join adidas,” an adidas spokesman said on Monday. “We’re a brand of creators and he truly embodies what that means with his approach to the game, his look, and his style on and off the court.”
Harden would be a big get for adidas. At the moment, their NBA roster includes Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and John Wall, which is a fairly solid roster. But with Rose suffering through a string of injuries and Lillard now stuck on a team that isn’t going to be very good for at least a few seasons, the company could use someone like Harden to serve as their anchor.
What do you think about adidas trying to sign Harden, and do you think that they are going to end up overpaying for him?