After signing with Under Armour over the summer, Dennis Smith Jr. hints at a possible signature shoe on the way at Media Day.
Heading into Summer League, Dennis Smith Jr. was the only top ten draft pick that had yet to sign a shoe endorsement deal.
But that wasn’t because he didn’t have his suitors.
In a previous story where I talked to ESPN’s Nick DePaula, he revealed that Smith Jr. was betting on himself in Summer League where he looked to up the offers from endorsement companies.
After his impressive Summer League in Vegas, Smith Jr. cashed in when he signed a three-year deal with Under Armour worth around $2 million a year in incentives per ESPN.
A deal that many can’t imagine signing as a 19-year-old kid, but a decision that he said was an easy one based on the people he had around him sifting through that process.
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“Whenever you make that decision, it has to be a business decision. That could be difficult for somebody, but for me I had my father and we have a pretty good team. It was a lot going into that decision, but business wise it was kind of easy to make and I think I made the best choice for me,” Smith Jr. said when I asked him about the process of choosing a shoe company as a 19-year-old.
Smith Jr.’s relationship with his father has been made known and having that support system around him is paying dividends as he makes life altering decisions regarding his career.
With Nerlens Noel looking to come off the bench in Dallas this year, Seth Curry should be making his way into the starting lineup where him and Smith Jr. will form an Under Armour back court.
"“I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into [training] camp for my rookie year,” Smith Jr. said to ESPN. “Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen [Curry] and Seth [Curry] and the team at UA in making our mark together.”"
At Mavs Media Day on Monday, Smith Jr. was rocking his custom “Martin” Under Armour shoes that he wore at the rookie photo shoot just a few short weeks ago.
Now, Smith Jr. preps for his first NBA game coming on Monday when the Mavericks host the Milwaukee Bucks at home for their first preseason opener. Will Smith Jr. break out these same Under Armour shoes or will he debut a new shoe? Maybe a signature shoe?
I asked Smith Jr. if he had a signature shoe coming out in the near future…
“Secret, it’s a secret,” Smith Jr. responded with a smile.
You have to imagine a signature shoe is coming, now it’s only a matter of time.