Kansas Jayhawks forward Andrew Wiggins reportedly has a deal from Adidas waiting for him if he heads to the NBA after this season - and the offer could pay the freshman up to $180 million over 10 years.
According to a report Tuesday from Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, the 18-year-old Wiggins, widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NBA Draft, will likely see an offer from Adidas for somewhere in the ballpark of $140 to $180 million. As Zwerling indicates, however, Nike is likely to match any offer he receives, which could drive the bidding war into the ballpark of $200 million:
"I'm hearing from people at Kansas that he's got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from Adidas," a source close to Wiggins' inner circle said. "But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything."
To put into context, NBA reigning MVP LeBron James came into the league after high school in 2003 and inked a seven-year, $93 million deal with Nike.
As far as speculation on Wiggins' agency representation, Zwerling reported that several NBA agents believe that the Ontario native will go with Creative Artists Agency, who are partners with Jay Z's recently launched Roc Nation Sports agency.
For now, however, Wiggins will be focusing on his upcoming season with the Jayhawks, a team outfitted by Adidas.JOHNSON: Stock Watch American Athletic: UConn on the rise, Temple rebuilding