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Nike Announces New Signature Shoes for Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Nike is releasing new signature shoes for two of the NBA biggest stars Russell Westbrook and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Nike CEO Mark Parker announced the shoes will come out in 2018 for Oklahoma City Thunder’s triple-double machine and for the Bucks new franchise player.

“And Jordan Brand will launch its first signature shoe with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook,” said Parker. “We’re also thrilled to expand our relationship with Giannis Antetokounmpo as we bring his unique personality to life through new signature product and storytelling next year.”

Westbrook is coming out of the greatest season of his career. Westbrook had a breakout season after the departure of Kevin Durant and used the fuel from the rift between him and Durant to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a playoff berth. Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the season and was the second player to ever do it ever since Oscar Robertson did it in the 1961-62 season. Those numbers earned Westbrook his first ever MVP award.

Westbrook followed that up with signing a $205 million dollar deal to stay in OKC. Westbrook followed that up by signing a 10 year deal with the Jordan Brand. The complete details were not released but Nike has stated it is the most lucrative deal among all athletes signed with the Jordan brand.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has had a break out year. He is in the top five in points per game and is leading the Milwaukee Bucks to another playoff berth.

Nike is rewarding Antetokounmpo now with his own shoe and he seems to be trending up towards superstar status.  Antetokounmpo made news when he resigned with Nike after Adidas went public with their full court press to get him to flip companies. Adidas tried to persuade the 23-year old star from Greece with the promise of his own shoe and a van full of Yeezys.  But Giannas ultimately resigned with Nike because of their commitment to family, loyalty, and legacy.

Both of these players are the future of the NBA and Nike is rewarding them. Every kid dreams of having their own signature shoe and these two players will live that dream. Having a signature shoe will get them noticed more than ever before.

If you need any more assertion that you’re an NBA superstar having a signature shoe is one of them. The more well-known brands are the Currys, Kyries, LeBrons, and KDs of the world but with the play that these two players have exhibited, they are on their way.

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Carmelo Anthony Will Sign With The Houston Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony will be an official free agent once he is waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Anthony and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that netted them point guard Dennis Schroder, per ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks intend to pay Anthony his entire $27.9 million salary for next season as part of the buyout.

According to Turner Sports’ David Aldridge, Anthony “has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets.”

Anthony will join Chris Paul and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. The Miami Heat and Los Angles Lakers were among the teams that were also interested in Melo.

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NFL Halts Policy To Penalize Players For Kneeling During The Anthem

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to an agreement to not to enforce the rule change to penalize players for taking a knee.

In May, the NFL unilaterally instituted a new policy surrounding the national anthem that would punish players and teams for kneeling as away to protest police brutality against people of color.  Which was a complete change in direction from their stance in October 2017.

The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks” while both sides continue to hold discussions to figure out how to move forward.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the joint statement said. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Players around the league were not happy with the leagues’ policy change. At least this move allows more discussions and won’t allow teams to suspend players.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Traded To The Raptors

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The Kawhi Leonard era in San Antonio is officially over.

The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors agreed to a deal in principle that would involve a swap of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard and Danny Green will head to Toronto in exchange for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.

Per Wojnarowski, the first-round pick is protected for the 20th overall selection and above, and after a year, it will turn into two second-round draft choices.

Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

Kawhi has already made his intentions known to head back to Cali when he hits free agency. So this move is likely only stop gap.

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