Draft, Sneakers, Ben Simmons, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Nike, Adidas


A key difference in the offers: Simmons would have owned a “rollover clause” in the adidas deal, but not with Nike, sources said. If Simmons were to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the subsequent $1 million bonus, his second-year base number with adidas would’ve rolled over that additional million and landed at $4.4 million. Each year thereafter would’ve had a base number including all incentives earned to that point, which could have dramatically increased the overall value of the deal. There were also several additional bonuses for earning All-Star honors.