Earlier this week, Miami Heat rookie Justise Winslow officially teamed up with adidas as part of a multi-year endorsement deal.
Courtesy of Slam Magazine, adidas sent out a press release that included Winslow's thoughts on joining forces with one of the biggest sports apparel brands in the world.
adidas today announced a partnership with Justise Winslow, the No. 10 overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. The versatile wing is heralded for his for strong finishes at the rim, lockdown defense and tough, physical play.
"I'm excited to be a part of adidas," said Winslow. "I loved playing in their basketball shoes at adidas Nations and what they've been doing with Kanye and Originals is changing the game. I pride myself in being the best player on the court and having unique style off it and adidas will definitely help me do both."
Winslow joins the ranks of an adidas basketball roster highlighted by NBA All-Stars James Harden of the Houston Rockets, John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
The Miami Heat rookie will be featured in a variety of upcoming adidas initiatives, including adidas' global brand campaign which will coincide with the start of the NBA season. He will also play a critical role in the development of basketball footwear and apparel.
"We're moving in a new direction and adding Justise to the young, up-and-coming players who are already part of our team is incredible," said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. "His speed, instinct, athleticism and passion will no doubt translate to immediate success and we look forward to building a successful future with Justise as he joins our brand."
Winslow later released a photo of himself at the adidas headquarters to help officially announce the news, which had been first rumored weeks ago.