Much like his on-court career, there's a lot of questions surrounding Kawhi Leonard's future as a sneaker endorser.
According to ESPN's Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne, talks for a contract extension between Jordan and Leonard recently stalled after Leonard's camp turned down a 4-year deal worth more than $20 million. The report suggests that Leonard's representatives don't feel the offer reflects his accomplishments and standing within the league.
Leonard currently earns less than $500,000 annually from Jordan, far less than the offer left on the table. It's also being reported that the new deal would not include a signature sneaker.
LeBron James ($20+ million annually from Nike), Kevin Durant ($20 million from Nike), Stephen Curry ($17+ million from Under Armour) and James Harden ($15+ million from Adidas) are the NBA's highest paid sneaker endorsers. Jordan Brand often offers less money, banking on players being excited to represent the Jordan legacy.
It's an interesting time for Jordan Brand, which could be losing the services of rapper Drake as a pitchman as well.
The ESPN report notes that a departure isn't imminent at this time. Furthermore, Nike/Jordan Brand has the right to match any offer Leonard receives should he hit the market as a sneaker free agent this summer. Nike's exclusive negotiating window closes in July.