Report: Bulls’ LaVine inks $35M deal with Adidas

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has signed a four-year, $35 million endorsement deal with Adidas, according to a report from ESPN.

LaVine is currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and is expected to remain sidelined until at least the end of November.

“I was looking for a partner that would grow with me as my career continues to unfold,” LaVine told ESPN. “Adidas convinced me that I have a chance to legitimately become a face of the brand. The direction the company is going in from a branding perspective has been impressive. In recent years, they’ve been innovative and creative with both their marketing strategies and products. The way they positioned themselves and explained to me that I’d lead their next wave of players was huge.”

LaVine, 22, was the centerpiece in the Jimmy Butler trade and the Bulls are expecting big things from him in the future.

The former slam dunk champion has career averages of 13.7 points in 206 games played.

LaVine was putting up 18.9 points per game before he injured his knee last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves.