First Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio and now it appears he is walking away from the Jordan Brand. The Raptors star has now agreed to a multiyear endorsement deal with New Balance, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Leonard will now serve as the face of New Balance basketball as the company looks to reestablish itself in the market.
The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year turned down an extension with Jordan Brand earlier this year, allowing him to become a sneaker free agent.
Yahoo Sources: Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard has agreed to a multiyear shoe endorsement deal with New Balance. https://t.co/FdgnrCnTrg
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Terms of the deal have not yet been revealed but ESPN’s Nick DePaula reports that New Balance likely offered significantly more than $5 million per year, which would eclipse Jordan Brand’s four-year, $22 million extension that Leonard turned down earlier this year. The 27-year old forward has been rocking the Air Jordan 32 Low on the court this season, despite the fact that his endorsement deal with Jordan expired on October 1st.
Leonard is known for being in his own lane and going against the norm. Going over to New Balance might not make sense now, but it could sooner than later.