As one of the hottest “free agents” in the market today, Russell Westbrook has been the subject of conversation as to where his next destination will be. Don’t worry Oklahoma City Thunder fans, we’re not referring to the NBA market as he’s more than comfortable where he’s at. The sneaker market however, that’s a different story.
Rumors have been floating around about Westbrook leaving Nike since summer and details on where he’s landing is still up in the air.
Or so it was…
Yesterday, rumors were floating around the web about a possible Westbrook signing with adidas based on an Instagram picture from adidas Phillipines (one of adidas’ official accounts), with the caption “BOOM! #russellwestbrook.”
Unless they jumped the gun too early or just felt like giving Westbrook some love, it’s hard to argue that he’ll land somewhere else since it was an official adidas account that posted it. The only thing we’re waiting on now is an official press release from adidas themselves, but until then…
Do you think Westbrook should sign with adidas?
With the rising popularity of Derrick Rose and his line of footwear, it’s a smart move for a high profile player looking to get their own signature model. That’s not to say Nike has treated him poorly, because they haven’t, it’s just that he hasn’t received his own sneaker model (PEs do not count). On top of that, Westbrook would have some teammates under the adidas banner with him, including Serge Ibaka, and he wore adidas during his college days.
Or maybe he could sign with Jordan Brand. With the rumors floating around about Dwayne Wade leaving Jordan Brand, wouldn’t it be a good move leaning towards JB? Some may argue that the way Wade was treated (signature model-wise) didn’t lead to the most popular sneaker line in recent history. However, if that rumor comes to fruition, JB will need someone to take the reins and be their frontman; Westbrook fits that bill perfectly.
Or maybe he doesn’t leave Nike and resigns. That’s not out of the realm of possibility as Nike could still give him a signature shoe in the future and could market it in line with teammate Kevin Durant’s line. Just because someone is a free agent, doesn’t mean they won’t resign with their original team, right?
Until then, we shall wait and play the waiting game but it’s still fun to speculate.
TSG will be sure to keep you updated on any information surrounding the future signing of Westbrook to a new (or possibly, old) sneaker brand.
Where do you think Westbrook will go and should go? Or, should he stay with Nike?
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Note: Until there is an official press release from adidas themselves, take this information as another rumor. The Instagram picture now comes up as “failed to load data,” more likely than not, it has been deleted since.
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