Russell Westbrook signs deal that makes him face of Jordan Brand

Russell Westbrook LeBron Lakers

Russell Westbrook LeBron Lakers

Westbrook has worn Nike in his first four years before he signed a five-year endorsement deal with Jordan Brand in 2013.

Russell Westbrook has agreed to a 10-year extension that would keep him with Nike's Jordan Brand through the 2025-26 season, according to ESPN's Nick DePaula.

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Air Jordan XXXI. Westbrook already an off-court lifestyle-geared signature shoe called the Westbrook 0.1 and Westbrook 0.2, which was met with lukewarm reception. It'll mark a major step for Westbrook, who will have signature on- and off-court shoes, will receive an annual donation for Jordan Brand to his Why Not?

With the extension, Westbrook will remain with Jordan through the 2025-26 National Basketball Association season.

The new shoe deal extension, negotiated by the Wasserman agency and Westbrook's longtime agent, Thad Foucher, is in advance of the initial deal's expiration next fall.

Westbrook's coming off an historic season in which he averaged 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds to lead OKC to the postseason.

Given the enigmatic superstar's flair for the dramatic-both inside the court and when it comes to fashion-the shoe will be "unlike anything that Jordan Brand has done before".

Because of the specter of Jordan himself, it's always been hard to get athletes to join Jordan Brand instead of Nike, its parent company. Just after agreeing to the extension, Westbrook and Jordan embarked on a multicity, rapid-fire tour of China, with Westbrook again supporting the newest Air Jordan model. The same can be expected for Westbrook's upcoming sneaker. "Foundation, which aims to launch even more reading rooms and other educational and athletic initiatives for children in Westbrook's two home bases of Oklahoma City and Southern California".

The highest-paying shoe contracts for active players are Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James' $32 million-a-year deal with Nike and NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant's $25 million-a-year deal also with Nike.

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