Sources: Marquese Chriss agrees to Nike deal

The Vertical
Yahoo Sports

Projected lottery pick Marquese Chriss has agreed to terms on a multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Nike, sources told The Vertical.

The deal was negotiated by agent Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports.

Chriss, a 6-foot-10 power forward who played one season at Washington, has emerged as one of the most intriguing prospects in Thursday’s draft. Initially projected to be a mid-first-round selection, his impressive team workouts and versatile skillset have helped him climb draft boards. He is projected to go fourth in The Vertical’s most recent mock draft.

Chriss, who turns 19 in early July, has worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, who select second and third, respectively. Chriss is an explosive leaper and rim protector on defense, and scouts are high on his ability to stretch the floor with his shooting.

He's the third projected lottery pick to join Nike, following Oklahoma All-American Buddy Hield and LSU's Ben Simmons, who is expected to be the top pick overall.

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