Raptors' Kawhi Leonard agrees to endorsement deal with New Balance

Arnold Nichols
December 2, 2018

Kawhi Leonard reportedly agreed to a deal with shoe and apparel brand New Balance, but the Toronto Raptors star told the media Wednesday that nothing is official yet, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

Kawhi Leonard has had quite the 2018 but as the year comes a close, it appears that the final chapter in his messy story is wrapping up.

Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors made a business decision to leave the vaunted Jordan Brand for New Balance. "I think New Balance is still the No. 1 sneaker in Japan". The 27-year old forward has been rocking the Air Jordan 32 Low on the court this season, despite the fact that his endorsement deal with Jordan expired on October 1st. Leonard is averaging 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals as the Raptors sit atop the National Basketball Association at 18-4, the best record in the league right now.

He will become the face of New Balance basketball, as the company is looking to reestablish their basketball market. The per-year figure from New Balance would rank among the top-15 shoe deals in the National Basketball Association, according to ESPN. At the moment the only basketball player on their roster is NBA prospect Darius Bazley, who is now working for New Balance as an intern.

The Raptors (18-4) now have the best record in the National Basketball Association.

It has been reported that Leonard wanted to leave Jordan due to being disappointed with their offer of $5 million a year, in addition to the brand's refusal to give him a signature shoe line.

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