Russell Westbrook Signs Richest Contract in Jordan Brand History

Russell Westbrook Signs Richest Contract in Jordan Brand History

Russell Westbrook Signs Richest Contract in Jordan Brand History

According to Nick DePaula of ESPN, part of the contract will include his own on-court performance Air Jordan signature shoe. While the exact amount of the deal is yet to be revealed, it's expected to be the priciest among all Jordan endorsers.

REIGNING NBA MVP Russell Westbrook is all set to become the richest Jordan athlete to date after signing a 10-year extension with Nike's Jordan Brand.

Westbrook has worn Nike in his first four years before he signed a five-year endorsement deal with Jordan Brand in 2013.

Westbrook's season was so spectacular, Jordan himself sent the all-star point guard a note congratulating him on his season and giving him more motivation to win a championship.

Other terms of the deal have not been made public as of posting time.

Though Westbrook and the Jordan design team are already working on his sneaker, it usually takes 12-18 months to create a silhouette, so don't expect to see it this season. The deal also includes a rare 'ambassador clause, ' which gives Westbrook appearance opportunities for the brand even after he retires in the National Basketball Association.

Westbrook won the 2017 MVP while playing in a hybird Air Jordan 30.5-the upper of the XXXI and the midsole and outsole of the XXX. During that stretch, he also elevated his game yearly as the franchise point guard of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He's one of Jordan Brand and, by extension, Nike's best athletes now - they don't commit long-term to just anyone.

In the wake of Kevin Durant's departure from Oklahoma City, Westbrook single-handedly carried the Thunder to the playoffs, averaging a triple-double along the way.

Moving forward this may not have been the extension deal OKC Thunder fans were anticipating, but it offers some encouraging signs.

The Jordan deal might not make a difference one way or another, but it's certainly something Westbrook will consider when making his decision.

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