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Victor Wembanyama’s Brokers Predict $100M Shoe Contract; Rejected ‘Some Wealthy’ Offers

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 20, 2023JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty ImagesVictor Wembanyama remains basketball’s man of mystery—even to companies that want to ink him to lucrative endorsement contracts.The presumptive top pick of the 2023 NBA draft has been turning down “rich” offers from companies, agent Bouna Ndiaye revealed to Brian Windhorst and Jonathan Givony

Victor Wembanyama’s Brokers Predict $100M Shoe Contract; Rejected ‘Some Wealthy’ Offers

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 20, 2023

Boulogne-Levallois' French power forward Victor Wembanyama plays the ball during the French Elite basketball match between Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and JDA Dijon at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan in Levallois-Perret, near Paris, on February 10, 2023. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP) (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

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Victor Wembanyama stays basketball’s man of thriller—even to firms that wish to ink him to profitable endorsement contracts.

The presumptive prime choose of the 2023 NBA draft has been turning down “wealthy” affords from firms, agent Bouna Ndiaye revealed to Brian Windhorst and Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

“What we’re attempting to do, to begin with, is make Victor uncommon,” Ndiaye mentioned. “We do not need him far and wide. We do not wish to have 20 companions. That does not make him a identified basketball participant. Victor says, ‘You wish to be one of the best.’ Whenever you wish to be one of the best, you need to give attention to basketball. And Victor is rejecting some wealthy, million-dollar offers proper now as a result of he needs to give attention to basketball.”

Wembanyama at present performs professionally for Metropolitans 92 of the LNB Professional A and has been free to signal endorsement contracts all through his profession. His administration has as an alternative most well-liked to present him an air of secrecy, permitting his sensational efficiency on the courtroom to do the speaking.

Wembanyama has been a mortal lock for the highest choose in 2023 since his early teenage years, which noticed him burst on the scene with a once-in-a-generation mixture of dimension, quickness and ability. Some contemplate Wembanyama the best NBA draft prospect since LeBron James and among the best in league historical past.

The French star’s brokers predict he might land a shoe contract value upwards of $100 million earlier than taking part in an NBA recreation. James signed a seven-year, $90 million cope with Nike popping out of highschool in 2003, and that is still the biggest rookie shoe deal in historical past. The biggest contract since was a $75 million contract signed by Zion Williamson in 2019.

Whereas James’ contract can be definitely worth the equal of about $146 million in 2023 given inflation, Wembanyama’s potential to interrupt LeBron’s document when it comes to precise {dollars} speaks to the generational hype.

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