Andrew Wiggins is the most coveted player in this year's Draft, and in any of recent years. Now there's already talk that he could be signing a massive shoe contract in the neighborhood of $140 to $180 million.
Over at Bleacher Report they posted a fantastic, long feature on the future of Wiggins' shoe contract status. All the major players were mentioned with Nike and adidas projected to be the two front-runners in the Wiggins sneaker sweepstakes, but adidas having the edge.
Three sources told Bleacher Report that adidas has pegged Wiggins as their prime target—and they would be willing to open up the bank for him. Of course, no meetings or official offers can be made until Wiggins declares for the 2014 draft after his season at Kansas.
"(adidas) is easily the front-runner, 100 percent," said Rich Lopez, the publisher of the popular sneaker website KixandtheCity.com.
"From what I'm hearing, (adidas) is really high on him," an industry source said. "I've heard a range for sure, from like $140 to $180 million for like 10 years. That's a big deal for a kid coming out of school because most rookie deals are probably like four years."
"I'm hearing from people at Kansas that he's got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from adidas," a source close to Wiggins' inner circle said. "But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything."
There's also talk of Under Armour throwing everything they have at him to try and build from the bottom, or even Chinese shoe maker Li-Ning throwing some major dollars his way. According to the feature, Nike has the dollars, but might not want to sign him to an insane deal that could rub LeBron James or Kevin Durant the wrong way. There is also speculation that following the huge contract they signed with Derrick Rose that adidas won't want to re-up with another marquee signing.
He's still yet to play a single game for Kansas, and will not be able to sign - or even officially meet - with the show companies vying for him until after his season at KU, but regardless you can expect him to sign a LeBron-esque shoe deal before even signing with an NBA team.