According to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard may opt out of his shoes contract with adidas.
As sources told CSNNW:
Being that he took home the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year award, became an NBA All-Star and reached other unique incentive clauses in his first two seasons, Lillard will be able to opt out of his shoe contract at the end of the basketball season and either renegotiate a more lucrative deal with adidas, or open negotiations with Nike, Brand Jordan, Reebok or Under Armor.
Another source close to the situation told Haynes that there’s “no doubt” Lillard will be leaving adidas.
If the 23-year-old Lillard indeed ends his contract with adidas, expect there to be a huge bidding war amongst rival shoe companies. Of course, given that Lillard plays in Portland, it’s assumed that Nike would be the likeliest landing spot for the young star.
So if you bought a pair of Lillard’s “Crazy 8″ shoes, congratulations! You now (maybe) own a collector’s item.