Oh, he’ll be eating alright
James Harden is the most unlikely of the NBA’s crop of 2010’s superstars, and should he accept the Adidas offer that’s made headlines everywhere this morning, he’ll immediately be one of the highest paid.
The man that started as a prolific member of Oklahoma City’s second unit–eventually landing him 6th Man of the Year honors–has evolved into a Top 10 talent, capable of carrying his injury-laden team to the Western Conference’s 2nd playoff seed, and a first-round series victory. Now, Adidas is trying to capitalize on that.
They’ve offered Harden a 13-year, $200 million contract, which would immediately follow his recently expired Nike deal. Though the Houston Rocket was never awarded his own signature shoe, chances are he’ll get it if he signs with Three Stripes, following a trend that began earlier this summer when Harden’s popularity skyrocketed, as his jersey sales surpassed that of stars like Kevin Durant and Chris Paul during the NBA Playoffs.
No word yet on Harden’s decision, but we’ll be reporting on
his confirmation it as soon as it happens.