After a 20-year hiatus from the basketball world, PUMA has made a giant splash of a return. The lifestyle Nike Air Pegasus 83 Damen shoe brand’s biggest star was Walt Clyde Frazier back in the 1970s, but they have been invisible since Nike, Adidas and Under Armour flooded the scene, scooping up all the hoops talent in the past few decades. PUMA dove headfirst into this Nike Roshe Run Femme year’s NBA draft class, securing four highly-touted lottery picks, including the presumptive first- and second-overall picks in this year’s draft, as well as two additional players expected Nike Air Max Tavas Mujer to Nike Roshe Run Damen go in the lottery. The brand is still strong after all these years, and it bet big on a draft class that could be one of the best since 2003.THEY SIGNED EVERYONE. Well not really, but they might as well have. PUMA snagged Arizona’s Deandre Ayton and Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, expected to be Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in this year’s draft. They also signed Michael Porter Jr., who was a back injury away from Nike Free Run 3.0 Femme a top-three nod but could now fall as low as 10 or even 12, as well as highflying guard Zhaire Smith from Texas Tech. They even managed to pick up Rudy Gay, who becomes a free agent this summer after spending Nike Internationalist Mujer one year with the Spurs.
It’s a huge step for the shoe company that hasn’t signed an NBA player since Vince Carter in 1998, and Carter forced his way out of that contract two years later to join And One. (And by forced, we mean Nike Blazer Womens Carter lost a $13.5 million lawsuit for breaching his contract.) The shoe company did, however, sign the WNBA Dallas Wings’ Skylar Diggins in 2017.The contract PUMA gave Bagley is reportedly the largest rookie shoe deal given to any basketball player since Kevin Durant signed his seven-year, $60 million deal with Nike in 2007.The NBA shoe-scape is dominated by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. What reason would PUMA have to compete with those juggernauts? An SB Nation request for comment from a PUMA spokesperson went unanswered, but Ayton and Bagley each had their own reasons for signing with PUMA in an interview with Bleacher Report:Marvin Bagley III: I chose Puma because I wanted to be different. I saw an opportunity where I could come in and build from the jump and work to get to a certain level. I saw myself doing that. They have some real nice stuff. I’m very excited about it, and I can’t wait to get to know everybody, keep working with everybody and keep improving.
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