Marvin Bagley III to sign with Puma, report says

Paola Ditto
Giugno 17, 2018

Duke's Marvin Bagley III has signed a five-year deal with the apparel company, which last had an National Basketball Association endorsement deal some 20 years ago, according to multiple reports.

The former Blue Devils' star, though, is reportedly signing what might be considered a shocking endorsement deal.

The last National Basketball Association player to have signed with Puma was Vince Carter way back in 1998. One NBA agent said Adidas has offered Young $1.8 million a year.

Puma has worked on partnerships with several celebrities in recent years, including Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez. At 6-foot-11 and 234 pounds, his size could help aid him in his transition to the National Basketball Association.

It's a big score for Bagley financially - we'll have to wait to find out exactly how big - but it's also a major win for Puma.

The 2018 NBA Draft is set for next Thursday night.

As reported in an extensive series of articles by The Oregonian/OregonLive this spring, the big footwear companies are cutting sponsorship deals with teams of high school-age kids in hopes of landing the next big endorsement superstar. Bagley went on to star at Duke, but left after a single year to play professionally.

It appears Puma has found a projected NBA lottery pick to promote their shoes and apparel in the company's return to the basketball market.

Nike declined to weigh in on the reports that Bagley was headed to Puma.

Puma also will plan to sign additional rookies in the 2018 draft, before turning their sights toward signing several established players who have existing shoe deals expiring later this fall.

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