One time All-Star and currently the small forward of Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward was reported that he agreed to a four-year contract with Anta Sports Products Limited.
According to the tweet of ESPN’s Nick DePaula, Hayward has accepted the offer and that will push Nike to make a counter offer within ten days as part of the “match clause” option they have with the former Butler standout.
Just few days ago A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston also mentioned that Hayward also have talk with Nike and was closing a multi-year deal.
Last August or while Hayward still doing his rehab and getting ready for the 2018-19 NBA Season, DePaula already reported that there are several companies interested in signing Hayward. These are Anta, New Balance and Nike.
With this latest development, Anta’s Wikipedia got updated and already listed Gordon Hayward as one of their endorsers.
Other well-known talents of this China shoe brand which operates since 1994 are Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, L.A. Lakers Rajon Rondo, Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson and future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.
— PinoyBoxBreak (@pinoyboxbreak) September 27, 2018
If this deal got finalized expect that there’ll be new Anta shoe colored in green and might start a Gordon Hayward signature shoes series.
Hayward started his career with the Utah Jazz and entered the league via the 2010 NBA Draft.
In 2017, Hayward decided to leave the Jazz and joined forces with his former Butler coach Brad Stevens.
Unfortunately in their game opener last season, Hayward got injured that kept him out for the rest of the 2017-18 NBA season. He only played five minutes with the Celtics and logged just a basket.
Boston Celtics All-Star @GordonHayward has agreed to a 4-year footwear & apparel offer sheet with Anta.
The massive shoe deal also includes a signature apparel collection and marketing throughout Asia and the US. Nike will have 10 business days to exercise their “match clause.” pic.twitter.com/GIrLpxFA6d
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) September 26, 2018
This upcoming 2018-19 NBA season, Hayward looks better and looks like he’s already back in his previous form.
With Kyrie Irving is also expected to be back along with their young talents like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown that almost reached the 2018 NBA Finals, Boston is one of the top teams in the East.
That might be one of the reasons why Gordon attracted so much attention from these shoe companies.