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Report: Zion Williamson Could Get $ 10M-a-Year Shoe Deal; Chinese Brand Involved | Bleacher Report



 Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) dribbles the ball against Central Florida during the first half of a second round game in the NCAA's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo / Sean Rayford)

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One of the most heated bidding is upon us as apparel companies prepare their best offer to sign the NBA draft presumptive No. 1

overall pick, Zion Williamson.

During Thursday's episode of ESPN's The Jump Nick DePaula said there is a brand based in China that's hoping to get into the mix of seven bidders and one unnamed company willing to offer "$ 10 million per year. "

In April 1 article on ESPN.com, the most popular people in the sneaker industry anticipate Williamson's shoe deal" will make him one of the three highest-paid rookie sneakers endorsers ever, joining the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. "

By NBC Sports' Kurt Helin, James received $ 87 million over seven years from Nike when he came out of high school in 2003. Durant got a seven-year deal worth $ 60 million from Nike in 2007.

DePaula's article also mentioned only nine rookies in NBA history have ever had a signature shoe. Lonzo Ball in 2017-18 became the first player since James to debut with his own sneaker.

Before Williamson can sign his apparel deal, the Duke superstar has to officially declare for the draft.


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