Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year footwear and apparel offer sheet with Chinese brand Anta, according to Nick DePaula of ESPN.
Hayward was reportedly close to signing with Nike last week. Nike will now have 10 business days to exercise their match clause.
Boston Celtics All-Star @GordonHayward has agreed to a 4-year footwear & apparel offer sheet with Anta.
The massive shoe deal also includes a signature apparel collection and marketing throughout Asia and the US. Nike will have 10 business days to exercise their “match clause.” pic.twitter.com/GIrLpxFA6d
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) September 26, 2018
NBA fans all over the world are rooting for Gordon Hayward this season after what happened last year. The All-Star swingman suffered a gruesome left ankle injury on opening night last season against the Cleveland Cavaliers and missed the entire 2017-18 campaign. He’s one of the best players in the league, on and off the court, so whatever shoe company Hayward ultimately signs with will surely see a boost in their revenue.
Hayward spent the first seven years of his career with the Utah Jazz. He signed a four-year, $127.8 million free agent deal with the Celtics in the summer of 2017, reuniting him with his college coach at Butler, Brad Stevens. The 28-year-old Hayward has career averages of 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 517 NBA games. He is expected to play in Boston’s preseason opener this Friday against the Charlotte Hornets in Chapel Hill.
Anta’s other big shoe endorser is Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.