James Harden: The New $200 Million Dollar Man

James Harden

James Harden, didn’t win the MVP last season, but he is winning in the offseason. Harden’s agent and Adidas have reported that Harden will make the jump to the new clothing and shoe company. The deal is for 13 years and an amazing $200 million dollars.

In the release, adidas Global Basketball General Manager, Chris Grancio, made it clear the three stripes foresee big developments for the scraggy-faced Harden, who finished second in MVP voting last year, and has seen his trajectory as a player ascend since being traded to the Houston Rockets before the 2012-13 season.

“We’re a brand of creators and James embodies that more than any athlete in the game. His addition to the adidas basketball family is a game changer. This partnership gives him the opportunity to achieve his goals and express himself in a totally new way as a creator. He’s already one of the most recognizable sports figures because of his game, his look, his hunger to win and his style on the off the court. His ceiling is far from reached, which tells you the future for him and our brand looks incredible.”

Hardin will join Derrick Rose, John Wall, Damian Lillard, and Andrew Wiggins at Adidas, but the question remains, why did Nike let the MVP runner-up walk away?

Probably because they felt that the guy who finishes 2nd is just the first loser, and he doesn’t have the star power that Adidas thinks he does.

I agree with Nike here. Harden had a great year last year, and won the 6th man of the year award a few years back. I just feel like he is the future face of the NBA as he ages and new players like Anthony Davis get better and better.

Time will tell so in 13 years remind me!

Written by Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra

Joey Sinatra is a co-founder of WickedJumpShot.com Joey is a boxing and basketball journalist who attends USI as a post graduate. Joey grew up in the New Rochelle Area of the greater New York City area, and is a cousin of the famous singer, Frank Sinatra. Joey also writes for the Boxing Globe.