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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williamson’s endorsement deal is the largest annual shoe contract in NBA history. The New York Times‘ Adam Zagoria reported Tuesday the deal is worth $75 million over seven years.
The total fails to eclipse the agreement LeBron James inked with Nike in July 2003. Darren Rovell of ESPN reported at the time James signed for seven years and at least $90 million.
When the time came for him to make a decision, everyone expected Williamson to collect a king’s ransom.
Sonny Vaccaro, who worked with Nike, Adidas and Reebok, told ESPN’s Nick DePaula in April he thought the race to sign the former Duke star would be “the biggest bidding war ever done.”
DePaula reported Tuesday “multiple competitor brands had offered the rookie sensation more than $10 million annually in their negotiations.”
Williamson signed with a Nike-affiliated brand despite his well-publicized mishap that led to a right knee sprain in a Feb. 20 loss to North Caro