Klay Thompson, Anta Reportedly Agree to 10-Year, $80M Endorsement Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 30, 2017

June 4, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Detail view of the Anta shoes worn by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the fourth quarter in game two of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 132-113. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson and Anta reportedly have agreed to a new 10-year endorsement deal.

Per NiceKicks.com's Nick DePaula, Thompson's new contract with Anta will run through 2026 and could pay him up to $80 million with various incentives as part of the agreement.

The new deal with Anta reportedly offers Thompson a substantial raise from his previous agreement, which KNBR's Jake Montero noted was paying him approximately $3 million per year. 

Even though Anta is still a growing brand in the United States, Thompson said in DePaula's report the China-based manufacturer appealed to him after hearing about it from another former NBA All-Star. 

"I didn't know much about Anta," Thompson said. "One of my agent's clients, Rajon [Rondo], was with them, and he said this brand had incredible potential and that the Chinese market, as well, was something that I could really dive into."

Per Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes, Michael Jordan still owns the NBA's richest shoe deal at $110 million per year. Thompson's $8 million average annual value puts him in a tie for ninth with Dwyane Wade's deal with Li-Ning and Kyrie Irving's pact with Nike.

Thompson has become one of the NBA's biggest stars in his six seasons with the Warriors. He's a three-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, and he was named to the All-NBA third team in 2015 and 2016.

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