The sneaker bidding war for the NBA’s next big star is over. Giannis Antetokounmpo, known to many simply as “The Greek Freak,” will re-sign with Nike.
The Milwaukee Bucks All-Star, who’s initial four-year contract expired on October 1, recently confirmed on Twitter that he has signed a long-term deal that will see him remain with Nike.
— GiannisAntetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) November 7, 2017
One of the key components in the re-signing of the Bucks’ young prodigy was the agreement that Nike will release a signature shoe for the player in the 2018-19 season, with a lucrative pay raise likely added in to sweeten the deal. The process of producing a signature shoe usually takes around 16-18 months. Although great news indeed for the “The Greek Freak,” we’ll be sure to see his ever-growing fan base rock his own personal shoe come next year.
The 22-year-old spent much of his summer being pursued by major brands, before taking some extra time to make his decision privately following the unfortunate and sudden passing of his father last month.
As a result, Giannis is set to join the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant as NBA luminaries who have been lucky enough to have their own signature Nike shoe.
Giannis has spent most of the last two seasons or so wearing Nike’s Kobe X Low sneakers.