New York Knicks rookie guard RJ Barrett has officially signed a shoe deal with Puma, his first since getting drafted.
Just a few months after having been drafted by the New York Knicks, guard RJ Barrett has signed his first shoe deal. Per Nick DePaula of ESPN, the former Duke Blue Devil has inked a contract with Puma.
It’ll be a multi-year deal for the Knicks rookie.
OFFICIAL: RJ Barrett has signed a multi-year shoe deal with PUMA.
More to come live from New York on 31st Street at 4:30 PM… pic.twitter.com/0INe0BPolV
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) August 28, 2019
More details will be revealed around 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, according to DePaula.
The Knicks drafted Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft this past June. The only two players selected before Barrett were Ja Morant, who was taken No. 2 by the Memphis Grizzlies, and Barrett’s former teammate Zion Williamson, who was taken No. 1 by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Williamson previously signed a shoe deal with Jordan Brand worth $75 million over five years.
Barrett is looking to mightily improve the Knicks this upcoming 2019-20 season. New York ended up with a record of 17-65, which tied for their worst finish in franchise history. Barrett will team up with additional rookie second-round pick Ignas Brazdeikis, along with veterans Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and Dennis Smith Jr.
New York missed out on numerous big-named free agents this offseason, so they signed short-term deals with multiple veteran ballplayers. The Knicks gave contracts to individuals such as Taj Gibson, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington, Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, and Bobby Portis.
They’ll begin their regular-season schedule against the Spurs in San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET.