As the league moves towards Nike in the near future, James Harden may be moving to Adidas. This month, Adidas offered Harden a $200 million shoe deal, and presumably a signature shoe. (Sigh)TMZ Sports (long sigh) is reporting that officials have indicated that Nike will let Harden walk and take the Adidas offer.
Harden was wearing Nike gear this week as his team won the Drew League. Harden is coming of a season where he averaged 27.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 0.7 blocks in 36.8 minutes for the Rockets. Houston reached the Western Conference Finals, Harden finished second in MVP voting, and was selected as the first ever Players' Choice Awards MVP.
Nike this past offseason matched an offer from Under Armour to keep Kevin Durant. The deal is reported to a 10-year endorsement contract with Nike that could be worth up to $300 million. Teammate Dwight Howard is leaving Adidas for Peak. Harden's alma mater Arizona State recently switched to Adidas this past offseason as well.
Nothing is official yet, Harden could choose to sign for less with Nike like Jimmy Butler did to join the Jordan brand. We'll have to wait and see.