As the future of the Big Baller Brand hangs in the balance, LaMelo Ball — the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft — is being aggressively pursued by sneaker companies such as Nike. Ball has worn the iconic swoosh on his feet since arriving in Australia, but the 18-year-old will weigh all of his offers before making a decision, and he got an eye-popping one on Monday.
NBA (Australia) analyst Corey Williams reported on Monday night that a source close to him confirmed that Ball has been offered a sneaker endorsement deal worth $100 million. But just as eye-popping as the dollar amount is the perks. Williams’ report stated that along with the $100 million, LaMelo’s sneaker endorsement offer includes a private jet.
It was not revealed what company offered Ball this deal but for sure whatever shoe brand made this bid is certainly projecting that the 18-year-old will be a no-doubt NBA superstar in the not-too-distant future and he has certainly turned heads in Australia.
Ball is currently out with a foot injury that should keep him out for at least another week of action, that is if he doesn’t decide to shut it down all together and prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft rather than finish out the NBL season in Australia. Over 13 games with the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL, Ball is averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game on 37% shooting.