Converse – a former brand of basketball shoes that has been under Nike’s ownership since 2003 – has signed its first endorsement deal with a female basketball player: Natasha Cloud, guard for the Washington Mystics. Converse returned to basketball in April of last year, signing in the interim the NBA players Kelly Oubre of the Phoenix Suns and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. Past players on Converse’s endorsement rolls include Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Dennis Rodman.