Last year in Brooklyn, D’Angelo Russell established himself as one of the most entertaining young players in League. Making his first All-Star Game in 2019, the flashy combo guard is living up to his lofty expectations since being a lottery land out of Ohio State with his skills matching up to that of his swag and charisma.
Moving to San Francisco this summer as part of the trade winds that sent Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to Brooklyn, could D Loading also be swapping brands? If so, PUMA appears to be the early suitor.
Pictured training above in PUMA sweats and the PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt, Russell relocating to PUMA after an early start with Nike could be a sensible move for both parties.
With Boogie no longer in The Bay, Russell as a Warrior would provide on court presence for PUMA on a team and in a market that will still matter very much this year. While D Loading was faithful to the Swoosh all last season in Brooklyn and before in LA, it’s unlikely to think that Nike could offer any sort of fast track up the signature ladder as the brand basically has a full house of talent.
While PUMA may not be putting D’Angelo’s name – or anyone’s name for that matter – on a basketball shoe in the near future, it’s very likely if not certain he would be integrated on a marketing level as a higher priority than with say the Swoosh. Though PUMA just signed RJ Barrett with hopes of doing big things in NYC, it’s still certain they have a lot of money leftover from the proposed Zion budget.
Keep it locked to Nice Kicks as we learn more about this potential deal.