Would the Beard really take the money and leave?

Adidas is reportedly offering James Harden a 13-year, $200 million deal to leave Nike, according to ESPN.

The company has submitted a bid of $200 million over 13 years to sign Houston Rockets guard James Harden, sources told ESPN.com. Nike, whose deal with Harden recently expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal or lose him.

A $200 million offer is huge, considering it represents half of what the brand paid for 11 seasons as the NBA’s official uniform supplier. Earlier this year, Adidas announced that it would not fight to renew that deal, which will see its competitor Nike take over after the 2016-17 season.

With incentives, if the deal is consummated, Harden could very well make more from Adidas in the coming years than the Rockets. Harden signed an $80 million contract extension with Houston in 2012 that goes through the 2017-18 season.

With Stephen Curry locked up by Under Armour and Kevin Durant choosing to stick with Nike last season, Harden is the only star Adidas can chase.

By Glenn Erby


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