New Orleans Pelicans rookie superstar Zion Williamson agreed to a shoe contract with Jordan Brand on Tuesday.
The Pelicans earned the right to select Williamson first overall when they won the draft lottery, but Williamson was essentially a free agent on the shoe market who had the opportunity to weigh his options before making a decision.
Williamson was at the center of some shoe controversy during his only season at Duke, and many wondered if it would impact his decision.
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During the first minute of a loss to North Carolina in February, Zion’s Nike shoe essentially exploded, and he suffered a sprained knee:
Zion’s shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
While Williamson did not sign directly with Nike, Jordan Brand is a Nike subsidiary, which suggests the February incident didn’t dissuade him during negotiations.
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