There were two periods of free agency for DeMarre Carroll this summer. With an expiring contract from the Atlanta Hawks and the franchise’s limited cap space, a move had to be made. So DC accepted a 4-year, $60 million contract with the Raptors that was more about the opportunity than it was about the dollars.
Likewise, his contract with Nike was up, and all things being relatively equal financially, he wanted a shoe deal that would also offer him a better opportunity to achieve his goals. Carroll will try to achieve those with a new brand: adidas.
Both Carroll and adidas have confirmed to SLAM that the Raptors forward has joined the brand.
“My ultimate goal is to have my own shoe,” Carroll told us last month at his house in Atlanta. “If I have to go to another company to do that, that’s something I’m willing to do because I’m a sneakerhead and that’s always been one of my dreams.”
While DeMarre doesn’t have his own sneaker quite yet, if you’ve been watching closely you already know that he’s been rocking adidas in every game this year. Wearing both the Crazy 8 and D Rose VI, Carroll is another key addition to a growing stable of stars donning the three stripes on the hardwood.
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