Former Spartanburg Day stand-out Zion Williamson has signed his much anticipated shoe deal with Nike’s Jordan Brand, it was announced Tuesday.
Reports Wednesday indicate its the biggest deal ever for an NBA rookie as it should bring Williamson more than $100 million over its five years, according to reports. The previous record was $87 for Lebron James in 2003.
Terms of the multi-year deal have not been officially disclosed.
There’s some irony to the arrangement as it was a Nike shoe that blew out on Williamson early in Duke’s first match-up against rival at Cameron Indoor Stadium in February, leading to an injury for the then-Blue Devils freshman.
Williamson is preparing for his first NBA season with the New Orleans Pelicans. Monday, the team announced it preferred he not take part in Team USA’s World Cup training camp but instead train for the season with them.