Adidas confirms that it has sealed a partnership with Kristaps Porzingis, a fast-rising Latvian player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Vertical writes that the agreement was signed for seven years and that it makes Porzingis the highest-paid European sneaker endorser in NBA history. The publication puts the deal with Porzingis at $3 million to $6 million per year, adding that this range could escalate based on performance-based incentives. The Latvian player is entering his second year in the NBA, with the New York Knicks, but he has already made waves on the court and beyond: He came fourth in NBA jersey sales behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry in his first season. The deal marks another prominent signing for Adidas in the U.S. sports market, which was part of its plan to rebuild market share. Other endorsees in U.S. basketball include James Harden and Damian Lillard. Porzingis is expected to hit the court with Crazy Explosive shoes in a variety of colors for the 2016/17 NBA season. Reports of an imminent partnership with Porzingis came out a few weeks ago. It turned out that Nike had the right to match the terms of the deal, but apparently opted not to do so. Nike reportedly signed a four-year deal with Porzingis when he was 17 years old and starting his pro career in Spain.

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