ESPN's Nick DePaula says Nike had the contractual right to "match" LaVine's offer, but ultimately declined, making the Adidas deal official. LaVine wore Nike sneakers during his first three seasons.
"I was looking for a partner that would grow with me as my career continues to unfold," LaVine told ESPN. "Adidas convinced me that I have a chance to legitimately become a face of the brand."
The deal includes incentive-based boosters that would reward LaVine should he become an All-Star level player once he returns from the torn left ACL he suffered back in February. There's an obvious bit of risk here considering the stretch of bad luck Adidas had with Rose's rehab following his ACL tear in 2012. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 22-year old's recovery is on schedule and he may resume contact drills later this month.