Now that Dwyane Wade has retired from the NBA, the chinese shoe company Li-Ning and the former Miami Heat player decided to look for a new on-court face for the Way of Wade brand. More recently, they have announced the signing of the Golden State Warriors young star D’Angelo Russell to an endorsement deal.
Breaking: D’Angelo Russell signs with Dwyane Wade’s Way of Wade to become the on-court face of the brand.
— B/R Kicks (@brkicks) November 21, 2019
In the summer of 2015, Russell signed a deal with the shoe company Nike. According to Nick DePaula from ESPN, Russell’s deal was set to expire in the fall of 2019 and Russell would become a free-agent.
D’Angelo Russell’s Nike shoe deal is set to expire this fall as well. Brands already have massive interest in the All-Star, but a move to LA would escalate his offers. https://t.co/3LaZHRCaoF
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) June 29, 2019
Russell will be joining Udonis Haslem from the Miami Heat and his current teammate from the Warriors Glen Robinson III as the only NBA players that have an endorsement deal with the brand started by Wade in 2012 when he joined Li-Ning.
Russell, a one-time all-star, joined the Golden State Warriors this summer in a sign and trade between the Brooklyn Nets and the Warriors. So far this season he has played in 10 games as injuries have kept him in the sidelines for some games. This season, he’s averaging 24.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in 31.5 minutes per game.