Top NBA draft prospect Michael Porter Jr. has reportedly signed a multi-year shoe deal with Puma.
Top NBA draft prospect Michael Porter Jr. has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Puma, reports ESPN's Nick DePaula.
Porter joins Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith as potential picks to rep the brand. In addition to the big signings this week, the company also named rapper and businessman Jay-Z its creative director of Puma Basketball.
Another look — the new Puma Clyde Court.— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) June 20, 2018
Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr & Zhaire Smith are on board.
Ayton has been playing in them since last month, and told me:
“I’m excited to get a feel for them. When I first tried them, they were simple and smooth.“ pic.twitter.com/F4B4lNmCaV
The 19-year-old Porter has been looked at even closer over the past few days because of his health. The former Missouri freshman suffered hip spasms last week, but Porter said the injury talk was exaggerated and he's fine now.
Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo has Porter going to the Mavericks at the No. 5 overall pick in his most recent Mock Draft.
During his one season at Missouri, Porter spent most of the year recovering from a spinal surgery that was initially supposed to keep him out for the year. In three games, Porter averaged 10 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 33.3 percent.
The 2018 NBA draft is Thursday.