Kawhi Leonard, New Balance agree to multi-year shoe deal

Kawhi Leonard, New Balance agree to multi-year shoe deal

The Raptors star has now agreed to a multiyear endorsement deal with New Balance, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

First Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio and now it appears he is walking away from the Jordan Brand.

It is unclear if he will have a signature shoe, but he will be the highest-profile player New Balance has on its roster. And if you've ever seen a New Balance sneaker, you know just how easy it is to clown on Leonard and New Balance. "I think New Balance is still the No. 1 sneaker in Japan". Sports reported the 6-foot-7 small forward has reached a multi-year agreement to be the new face of New Balance basketball and the company's push to re-establish itself in the basketball market. That range would be on par with the Jordan Brand extension that Leonard turned down earlier this spring, a four-year deal worth up to $22 million. Leonard is averaging 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals as the Raptors sit atop the National Basketball Association at 18-4, the best record in the league right now.

Kawhi Leonard Set to Leave Jordan Brand for New Balance
BREAKING: Kawhi Leonard Agrees To Multi-Year Deal With New Balance

Per SB Nation: Contract negotiations reportedly broke down at the last minute after Leonard's reps felt Jordan's offer wasn't representative of his standing as one of the top players in the National Basketball Association.

This rule applies to Leonard's current deal, although the Jordan brand has been resigned to letting Leonard leave for months now, and Leonard's partnership with New Balance should be announced next week. Signing a potential MVP candidate for the 2018-19 season is the best way to go at it.

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