How ironic is it that PJ Tucker is about to get his next shoe deal with Nike before a contract extension with the Houston Rockets?
The defensive forward and league's undisputed sneaker king is reportedly nearing a new Nike deal after spending the past month and a half as a free agent endorser. His last contract with the Swoosh brand expired October 1.
Tucker's agent, Andre Buck, revealed in a recent interview with CNBC that after intense wooing from rival labels Puma, adidas, and New Balance, they reached what is poised to be a multi-year, six-figure agreement with Nike — so far the largest endorsement of his career.
Buck shared, "He's been happy with the level of interest from the various brands. So much of the sneaker culture, even beyond basketball, is a part of his life."
The 34-year-old, who averages 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in the 2019-20 NBA season, is a key piece of head coach Mike D'Antoni's Rockets system. He also owns more than 5,000 pairs of kicks.
Tucker said in the past Nike has granted him the blessing to "wear anything I want." but he prefers lacing up his all-time favorite game shoe, the Nike Kobe 4, and the Air Max 1 off the court.