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James Harden Will Join Adidas as Nike Opts Not to Match $200M Offer

Houston Rockets' James Harden, left, drives the ball past Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, drives the ball past Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(ESPN) – Adidas has taken Houston Rockets guard James Harden away from Nike with a 13-year, $200 million offer.

Harden’s agent, Rob Pelinka, negotiated the deal. Pelinka confirmed on Thursday that Nike informed him that it would not match the term sheet from Adidas. The deal with Harden, which will have him wearing Adidas shoes on the court and gear in social settings, officially begins on Oct. 1.

As of now, Harden will average $16.78 million on the final three years of his deal with the Rockets and $15.38 million annually from Adidas. But if Harden hits certain benchmarks, it’s possible he will earn more annually from Adidas than the Rockets.

Aside from a signature shoe, a Harden apparel line is expected along with branded marketing commitments. Harden and Adidas are also expected to attempt to disrupt the shoe marketplace amid underwhelming successes for the brand.

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