Mavs’ Luka Doncic becomes a sneaker free agent, considers making a new deal ‘very important’
Dallas Mavericks second-year wing Luka Doncic has reportedly become a free agent… on the sneaker endorsement market. Per Brad Townsend in The Dallas Morning News, the Slovenian forward had his two-year contract with Nike, which he signed while still playing for Real Madrid, expire on Monday.
When The News asked Doncic about his shoe and apparel contract status Monday, he smiled.
“Yeah, I’m a free agent now,” he said. “So we’ll see what we do.”
“For me, it’s so important because, as you know, I love shoes,” Doncic told The News Monday. “I have so many shoes. It’s very important, this deal.
“First of all, if the shoe is good for my feet, to have a long career. But, yeah, the look, too.”
The reigning Rookie of the Year, selected with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks before landing on the Mavs via a draft night trade, was with Nike since his professional stint in Europe with Real Madrid. Doncic, 20, won the EuroLeague’s MVP award in 2018 before arriving in the NBA.
While that Nike endorsement deal has already expired, there is still hope he can renegotiate a newer and bigger deal with the apparel company. Doncic is sure to be a huge draw among the shoe brands as he is a widely recognizable face among NBA European fans and Americans alike. Doncic is poised to be the face of the Mavs franchise for years to come and be a serious All-Star soon.