Andrew Wiggins' rookie deal will net him fewer than $20 million. It's the second and third NBA contracts he'll sign that will come with the money. According to Bleacher Report, Wiggins won't have to wait that long for his first mega payday. Once he declares for the NBA Draft, Adidas is reportedly ready to give him a ten-year $180 million to become the face of their brand.
By comparison, James signed a seven-year $93 million dollar Nike deal when he declared for the draft in 2003 and Derrick Rose doubled it a year ago by inking a 13-year $185 million blood contract with Nike. Now all he has to do is go out on the court and prove he's worth the investment on a national championship contender. No pressure, Andrew.
"(Adidas) is easily the front-runner, 100 percent," said Rich Lopez, the publisher of the popular sneaker website KixandtheCity.com.
"From what I'm hearing, (Adidas) is really high on him," an industry source said. "I've heard a range for sure, from like $140 to $180 million for like 10 years. That's a big deal for a kid coming out of school because most rookie deals are probably like four years."
"I'm hearing from people at Kansas that he's got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from Adidas," a source close to Wiggins' inner circle said. "But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything."