This won’t be official until his Nike deal runs out at the end of September, but, at least according to internet rumor, it appears Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is jumping ship from Nike to China-based sneaker company Anta. Per Sole Collector: “When it comes to teasers and hints, this one is pretty straightforward to solve. About a month ago, I got a text from a friend in the footwear industry based in China that just read: ‘Anta is getting one of the big names.’ Next summer is the needle moving class of sneaker free agent players (which includes KD, Kyrie, Paul George, rookie Andrew Wiggins and many others…), but still, this summer’s group of Steph Curry, Jeremy Lin, Tyreke Evans, Joakim Noah and Rajon Rondo still boasts some great talent. So when Anta posted this teaser of their new lineup of players on their website recently, first spotted by Celtics loyalist KWAPT, it would appear to be easy enough to connect the dots.
… Image #3? Well, that’d be none other than Celtics point guard and current sneaker free agent Rajon Rondo. It’s apparently a modified silhouette taken from a Nike Hyperfuse 2011 photoshoot.
… So, when Rajon Rondo’s contract officially comes to a close with Nike at the end of the month, keep an eye out for a likely announcement that he’ll be joining Anta, one of China’s premier sportswear brands.”