Earlier in the week we reported that LeBron’s agency, Klutch Sports, had plotted on signing Ben Simmons since he was 16-years-old. We pointed out the positive aspects of the deal for LeBron but Simmons receives some perks as well.
Simmons Nike deal will be the first shoe to drop (no pun intended) in the many advantages of signing to LBJ for Ben.
Ben Simmons hiring LeBron's agent Rich Paul distinctly matters for his shoe deal.
11 of Paul's 12 clients are with Nike.
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) March 14, 2016
Reports have Nike going as high as $100 million for Simmons, which would surpass LeBron’s first $90 million Nike deal.
“The number doesn’t astonish me, the number’s been stagnant since LeBron,” grassroots sneaker guru Sonny Vaccaro told SNY.tv on Thursday. “It would be the new precedent because LeBron was the last and [Simmons] has the makings in the mind of the NBA that he could be a great, great player. So that’s basically what they’re saying, he’s going to get a $100 million deal. I would understand that.” – Sonny Vacarro
This may seem like a lot for an unproven kid that couldn’t take his LSU team to the NCAA tournament in his only year of American ball but we’ve all seen whether on the court or off, what LeBron says goes.