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Tuesday / October 20.
  • Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Miami’s Lonnie Walker sign with Adidas

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    As expected, Oklahoma guard Trae Young signed an endorsement deal with Adidas that could be worth upwards of $1.8 million annually.

    Miami’s Lonnie Walker also signed with Adidas on Tuesday. The NBA Draft is on Thursday and both players have been invited to the Green Room.

    “They offered the most,” one source close to Young said.

    The Young signing is a major boon for Adidas, which was highlighted in last fall’s FBI investigation into bribery in college basketball. Two Adidas defendants, Jim Gatto and Merl Code, allegedly paid amateur college players to attend universities affiliated with Adidas.

    The Oregonian previously reported that Adidas was “courting” Young at the $1.8 million annual figure.

    Young played on the Nike EYBL circuit with Mokan Elite during his high school career, winning the prestigious Peach Jam championship in 2016 alongside fellow projected lottery pick Michael Porter Jr.

    The 6-foot-2 guard has drawn comparisons to NBA star Steph Curry, and has garnered praise from both Curry and LeBron James.

    Young is currently projected as the No. 8 pick to Cleveland in Thursday’s NBA Draft per ESPN.com.

    Projected No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton signed a four-year, multimillion-dollar footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Puma, the company announced Monday. Duke’s Marvin Bagley, a projected top-5 pick, also signed with Puma.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.