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Kristaps Porzingis, Adidas Reportedly Agree to Multiyear Contract

Kristaps Porzingis is set to cash in on an outstanding rookie season with the New York Knicks.

The 21-year-old forward has agreed to a multiyear endorsement deal with Adidas, according to a Wednesday report from Nick DePaula of The Vertical. He will reportedly make between $3 million and $6 million per year as part of the largest shoe deal ever for a European player.

Nike, which sponsored Porzingis last season, has the right to match Adidas' offer.

The Latvian star averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game during his 2015-16 rookie campaign.

While the No. 4 overall pick was met with mixed reactions on draft night, the 7'3" forward exceeded expectations on the court while earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Team.

Perhaps his most notable endorsement came from 2013-14 MVP Kevin Durant ahead of a January matchup between the Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

"He can shoot. He can make the right plays. He can defend. He's a 7-footer that can shoot all the way out to the three-point line," Durant said, per Royce Young of "That's rare. And block shots—that's like a unicorn in this league."

Porzingis' strong play and unique skill set led to plenty of popularity both in New York and nationally. According to's Darren Rovell, Porzingis had the fourth-highest-selling jersey in the NBA behind only Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

It's no surprise Adidas is trying to take advantage of a young player on the rise by locking him into a sponsorship deal for the long term. New teammate Derrick Rose is also one of the company's biggest endorsers.

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