Following an impressive second season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Austin Reaves has secured a sneaker endorsement contract with Chinese clothing brand Rigorer. This partnership will also see him launch his own line of signature footwear.
Shams Charania from The Athletic sat down with Reaves to discuss this lucrative seven-figure agreement.
“Honestly I’m blessed to play basketball for a living and I have to pinch myself sometimes to really understand what’s going on,” said Reaves.
Currently, the official website for the new sneakers showcases only five shoe designs, each priced approximately at $90.
Ahead of NBA free agency, Lakers guard Austin Reaves and Chinese company Rigorer are finalizing a signature shoe deal that is expected to reach over seven figures per year. Reaves on the new AR1: pic.twitter.com/B7WSCzGvri
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 15, 2023
Honestly, I'm thrilled for Austin.
I'm delighted that he's landed a shoe deal (which is netting him a cool seven figures, no less). I'm also excited that he's in line for a hefty paycheck this summer with the Lakers (not to mention, he gets to share the court with LeBron and possibly clinch a championship). It's equally fantastic that he might be seeing Taylor Swift (the living legend herself), but really...
Why do those sneakers have to be such an eyesore? What's with the trend of making basketball shoes so aesthetically unappealing these days?!
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