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The presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft isn't waiting until Thursday to get paid. Cade Cunningham reportedly signed a shoe deal with Nike on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal is reportedly the highest-earning shoe deal among players in Cunningham's draft class.
Cade Cunningham — the expected No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft — has agreed to an endorsement deal with Nike, sources tell ESPN. It’s believed to be the highest-earning shoe deal among players in his draft class.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 27, 2021
Cade Cunningham expected to go No. 1 overall
It's assumed Cunningham, 19, will be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday. In the lead up to the draft, Cunningham has worked out with just one team, the Detroit Pistons, who hold the top pick in the draft. Oddsmakers at BetMGM believe Cunningham is a heavy favorite to be selected with that pick.
Cunningham dominated in his one season with Oklahoma State, averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a freshman. That performance helped Oklahoma State go 20-8 during the regular season, earning the team a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma State advanced past Liberty in the first round, but fell to Oregon State in the second round of the tournament.
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