Ben Simmons & Klutch sports have turned down both Nikes & Adidas initial shoe deals, Nike offering $7.5 Million & Adidas offering $10 Million. Simmons is expected to be selected 1st overall, however the risk now is that a small market team bags the rights to the future phenom and those offers dip significantly. If Simmons were to play in a market like say.. The Los Angeles Lakers then Nike's offer would be increased considerably. So this begs the question... Do they know something we don't know!? Does Rich Paul have a gambling problem? Or are the lottery balls going to magically help re-ignite the showtime era! Giving the Los Angeles Lakers the 1st overall pick in tomorrows draft?
Its no secret the NBA needs the Lakers to be competitive. Its the biggest market in the league, driven by star players and a history of dominance. Jack Nicholson needs someone new to cheer on from his seat in the front row, or maybe he needs to give his seat up for someone new? Either way things have gotten stale. Kobe is gone & the team has to find a replacement. One would think Free Agency is the most likely way LA goes about filling that void of star power. However that star doesn't exist on the open market outside of Kevin Durant. Landing him is a long shot at best for any team besides OKC.
You're not a believer in conspiracy theories ? You don't think the league could throw a bone to LA? Cleveland, in all sorts of trouble just happened to land the number one pick the year their local saviour LeBron James was available… then every other number one pick until he was finally lured back? Shaq has been quoted as saying 'Ben Simmons is NOT playing anywhere cold' And the former LSU tiger would know! Stan Van Gundy refused to comment, and I quote because he 'doesn't want to pick up another $25k fine'. Ben Simmons is the answer to LA's problems. He will give the team relevance, and provide some of the most entertaining fast break highlights the league will see next season. Seems like everyone in the know already has him penned in as a Laker next year. Rich Paul is banking on it.
Tune in for tomorrows lottery to see how the cookie crumbles.