Zion Williamson is about to get his chance at the elite level when he takes the floor next season with the New Orleans Pelicans. The big man from Duke has been a college sensation who’s even been compared to four-time MVP LeBron James. It was always a certainty that Williamson would be picked up by whichever team was lucky enough to hold the number one pick in the draft.
Not only were NBA franchises dying to have him join, but shoe brands were also desperate to have Zion sign with them. Zion Williamson decided to sign with the Jordan brand on which is reportedly worth $75M over 7 years, according to Adam Zagoria.
However, it turns out that Zion had much bigger offers that he decided to turn down so he could live the dream of wearing the logo of his favorite player.
The money that Zion is making through the Jordan brand is still a considerate amount and a lot more than what most players would make from a shoe brand. However, with the talent of Zion and the expectations for his career, he could be making more of a shoe deal.
It certainly is refreshing to see a player value wearing the logo of your childhood hero more than a bit of extra money. Williamson could be a once in a generation type player if he works hard and brings success to a franchise that has yet to make much history. With Anthony Davis leaving the Pelicans as a former number one pick, the franchise will do everything they can in their power to keep Williamson in New Orleans for as long as possible.