Kevin Durant has seen the popularity of his sneaker line with Nike grow exponentially over the past couple of years. In fact his sales only came second to LeBron James in terms of active players. Considering all this, would he still be willing to head to another company? That’s a decision he’ll have to make as Under Armour has reportedly made him a very lucrative offer.
According to a person familiar with negotiations, Durant, whose seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike is expiring, could earn as much as $30 million annually if he signs with Under Armour Inc., whose headquarters are in Durant’s home state of Maryland.
Nike and Adidas are also in talks with Durant.
Adidas has been known to throw out some pretty big numbers as well so their offer could rival Under Armour’s. The question is will the leverage cause Nike to up their offer or will they let Durant walk. Also Under Armour makes great performance sneakers but the aesthetics don’t really appeal to some. Durant will have to consider the design aspect in his decision.
Another question being raised by some is if he signs with Under Armour, will it affect his free agency decision. Although he still has two more years to go, there’s already reports of him returning to his home state of Maryland and playing with the Washington Wizards, UA happens to be located there as well.
– Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie)