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Kristaps Porzingis signs with adidas; Richest shoe deal ever for European basketball player

Nike has the right to match.

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Kristaps Porzingis deserves all the money. Do you have money in your wallet right now? Then take it out and mail it to Kristaps.

Fortunately, adidas, a shoe company with far more money than you or me decided to make it rain upon our beloved Unicorn in the form of a record-breaking shoe deal, according to The Vertical:

The deal will pay Porzingis, 21, between $3 million and $6 million annually, depending on incentive bonuses met. It’s the most lucrative shoe deal signed by a European player to date.

Porzingis signed a four-year deal with Nike back in 2012 for an annual sum of $25,000. That contract included a “right to match”provision, so the company has until the middle of this month to pony up the dough. But sources at The Vertical believe the company has no intentional of matching.

Holy crap, Nike — you lost Steph Curry and now you’re going to lose a taller, better version a Steph Curry? Y’all are dumb.

Ever the diplomat, Kristaps is playing it coy:

“All I can say is both Nike and adidas are first-class companies,” Porzingis told The Vertical on Wednesday. “I would be lucky to align myself with either one. The amount of attention I received was flattering, but right now I am letting my agents handle the business side of things.”

I know everyone is scared due to adidas’ history of crippling basketball players, but it’s not fair to blame Kristaps for taking millions of dollars. If anything, blame Nike for being so damn cheap and stupid.