As news breaks over the Ball brothers signing with Roc Nation Sports – this may have also sealed the deal for Puma with YKTR’s favourite son, LaMelo Ball.
Melo has been flexing about the gram rocking a bit of Puma lately, maybe using it to drive his price… or throw shade at big Lavar BBB – kid looks fresh regardless.
Guess who the creative director for PUMA is? Yup, it’s Jay Z, founder of Roc Nation.
Back in January, NBL analyst Corey Homicide tweeted that LaMelo had been tabled a $100M sneaker deal which included a private jet.
BREAKING NEWS: A source close to me in the USA have just told me @MELOD1P has been offered $100MILLION & A PRIVATE JET to sign a Sneaker Endorsement Deal. With an offer like this, no way he isn’t going #1 in the @nba 2020 Draft. pic.twitter.com/IJ33N4s4E5— Corey “Homicide” Williams (@chomicide) December 31, 2019
Who knows if this was Puma, but clearly the Private Jet is so he can fly back on the regular to sit courtside at his newly acquired Illawarra Hawks yeah?
On signing to Roc Nation, manager Germaine Jackson talking to ESPN still kept the door open to other deals:
"He's still wide open," Jackson said. "He hasn't signed with anyone. Everyone is kicking in the door. Melo is open to whatever. With this pandemic going on, we don't know what things are going to look like."
A few months back, big bro Lonzo chatted with the Woj Bomb about how he’d do things differently if he had the opportunity to again, advice he’s given young Melo.
“He gets to go through the real, actual process. When I was coming out, we were just working on my shoe, Big Baller Brand. I didn’t take any meetings with anybody else, it was already kind of set for me. For him, I tell him all of the time, ‘It’s your decision. You’re going to have a chance to go talk to Adidas, Nike, Puma, talk to everybody. Take every meeting and whoever wants you the most, go with them.’ I told him, make sure he takes control of his career now, don’t wait like I did. Hopefully, that helps him. It seems like he’s taking it all in and I’m excited for him.”
Bleacher Report’s NBA Mock Draft has Melo sitting at 3, so to quickly recap the 2019 top 3’s sneaker deals, we have:
- Zion Williams (Jordan)
- Ja Morant (Nike)
- RJ Barrett (PUMA)
RJ Signed with Puma not long after SLAM KICKS pointed out he was rocking PUMA’s during his Panini NBA Rookie Card shoot.
Puma also have Lakers Kyle Kuzma on their “Puma Hoops Squad” and other notable PUMA signings include Parramatta Eels superstar Clinton Gutherson.
We’ve reached out to Clint but are yet to confirm if Gutho's deal includes access to a private jet… more to come.