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LaVar Ball: Lonzo Is Open To Signing With Other Shoe Companies ‘If Price Is Right’

Lonzo Ball almost broke the internet this week when he erupted for 36 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds in a pair of Nike Kobe A.D’s. He followed that up with another triple double performance in a pair of adidas Harden 1’s. On Saturday, ZO revealed that he would be wearing the Under Armour Curry 4’s in the Lakers summer league matchup against the Nets. With Big Baller Brand being pushed so heavily by LaVar Ball for the past six months, many thought it was strange how Lonzo wore the sneakers of companies his family decided to turn down potential deals with just months ago.

When asked about the star rookies latest sneaker choices, LaVar basically admit to ESPN that his son is wearing these sneakers to re-garner interest from the major shoe companies by bringing them more exposure than some of their own athletes. He also reveals that Lonzo would be open to signing a deal with Nike, Under Armour or Adidas if the price was right. Via ESPN:

“It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind,” the patriarch said via text message. “The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players.”

Asked whether there’s still a chance that a big shoe brand can sign his son Lonzo Ball, LaVar responded: “If the price is right. Quite frankly we are officially in the shoe game, and are a billion dollar brand either way.”

The Los Angeles Lakers’ first round pick has played four games in the NBA’s summer league. In the first two games, he wore his own Big Baller Brand signature shoe. For the third game he wore Nike, and for the fourth Adidas. Ball told ESPN before Saturday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets he’d wear Stephen Curry’s Under Armour shoes.

Ball has garnered more attention in the last two games, not only for his surprising choice of shoes — steering away from the Big Baller Brand upstart that has sold its shoes, priced at $495, online and will ship on Nov. 23 — but also because of how well he’s played.

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