Marvin Bagley III Becomes 1st NBA Player To Sign With Puma In 20 Years

At Duke, Marvin Bagley rocked Nikes and became one of the top players in his class and will be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Bagley however, will switch from the Swoosh to PUMA once he actually enters the NBA.

That’s right, Bagley is going to be hooping in PUMAs in the NBA. Bagley will become the first player to wear PUMA since 1998, when Vince Carter played in them. But Bagley isn’t just going to be playing in PUMAs, he also is signing a massive deal with the company.

According to The Athletic’s┬áJon Krawczynski, Bagley will sign a five-year deal with PUMA. Bagley’s deal with PUMA will be the largest rookie sneaker contract since Kevin Durant with Nike.

Durant’s first deal with Nike was for seven years, $60 million. So while Bagley’s deal is two years fewer than Durant’s and not yet disclosed, he apparently is going to be making a lot more money per year.

Krawczynski also reports that PUMA is “negotiating with other draft picks” and may possibly sign a few more soon-to-be rookies to sneaker deals. If that happens, then perhaps PUMA may be the next big sneaker player in the NBA landscape.