Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward will receive a multiyear offer to join a new shoe company Monday night, according to ESPN sneaker reporter Nick DePaula.
Chinese brand Anta, whose notable clients include Warriors guard Klay Thompson and former Celtics star Rajon Rondo, will offer Hayward a multiyear shoe deal in San Diego on Monday. Former Celtic Kevin Garnett was with Anta, as well. Hayward’s current sneaker deal with Nike expires before the start of the 2018-19 NBA season.
Nike is interested in retaining Hayward, according to DePaula, who reported back in July that New Balance, which is trying to make its way back into the basketball sneaker world, will make a play for the 2017 All-Star, too. New Balance recently teamed up with the Celtics in constructing the team’s new practice facility, which opened in June.
There is a fourth brand interested in Hayward, as well, but its identity has not yet been reported.
Hayward has been with a Chinese brand before, signing with Peak during his second NBA season. He eventually switched back to Nike.
Hayward is one of the more desirable sneaker free agents of the summer and fall. The Celtics forward, who broke his left ankle on 2017 opening night after signing a max contract with the team the previous summer, provides an in to what should be one of the league’s best squads for years to come. Boston has been to two consecutive Eastern Conference Finals, has a young roster and is already one of the NBA’s most marketable franchises.
Fred Katz covers the Celtics for MassLive.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FredKatz.