At the 11th hour, Nike just simply couldn’t let Kevin Durant walk away.
With Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike exercised its right to match any rival shoe company’s offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. A source with knowledge of the deal later told ESPN that Durant has indeed signed with the Oregon-based company.
Nike countered Under Armour’s offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant $60 million is expiring, made an initial offer of about $20 million a year that was far from what Durant was looking for. Under Armour’s huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price.
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We go in a totally different direction for Episode 4 of Sneak Peek Season 5, as we put the spotlight on the first high-end, designer sneaker collection courtesy of singer-songwriter and record producer Rico Love. The Miami-based artist has an appreciation for adidas footwear, but he is most passionate about the Rick Owens, the Balmains and the Giuseppes of the sneaker world.
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An interesting two-on-one is shaping up in the basketball sneaker game: Jay-Z and Kevin Durant vs. Nike (NKE).
Durant, who is represented by Mr. Z’s Roc Nation, has given Nike until Wednesday to match a 10-year sponsorship offer from Under Armour (UA), according to ESPN. The deal is worth between $265 million and $285 million.
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Tennis meets basketball as Roger Federer’s latest signature shoe, the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour gets a make-over. Mashed together with the Air Jordan III, the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour “Air Jordan 3″ features a white-based tumbled leather upper with fire red and black accents. Elephant print detailing is found wrapping around the toe and on back heel. The ‘RF’ logo is found on the midsole while a red ‘Jumpman’ is stitched on the tongue and the ‘Nike Air’ branding is featured on the back heel tab. Look out for Federer to lace these up during the 2014 US Open which begins today.
The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour Air Jordan 3 is set to release exclusively in-store at Flight 23 in NYC on Tuesday, August 26 in limited fashion.
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Fabolous joins Russ Bengtson and DJ Clark Kent to talk about sneakers from back in the day for S3/E5 of Quickstrike.
Just Blaze joined Russ Bengtson and DJ Clark Kent for S3/EP4 of Quickstrike to talk about his collab with Packer Shoes and Saucony.
In honor of the CLASSIC polo jacket, worn by Just in this video, Saucony and Packer have a new exclusive for the sneaker world!
After highlighting Rudy Gay as the first East Coast-born professional basketball player featured in our Sneak Peek series, we break barriers again in Episode 2 of Season 5. Zach Myers, the guitarist for Shinedown, is the first rock band member spotlighted in the series. Myers’ passion for the sneaker culture is evident in this episode, and his collection is filled with forgotten Air Jordans and rare NBA player exclusives. Go inside Zach’s attic full of shoes in Episode 2 of Sneak Peek‘s “Season of Firsts: Reloaded.”
Season 5 of Sneak Peek is here, and we’re kicking things off with a Kicks On Court regular whose sneaker collection is full of coveted kicks and player exclusives. Rudy Gay is a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, but he’s the first East Coast-born NBA player we’ve featured in the series. Go inside Rudy’s well-stocked sneaker room in the video above as we kick off Sneak Peek’s ‘Season of Firsts: Reloaded.’
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Complex’s Joe La Puma goes on a Miami sneaker shopping trip with rapper Wale, at LeBrons Sneaker store!