After being drafted 1st overall in 2016 out of LSU, Simmons sought a lucrative shoe deal that exceeded recent benchmarks for top draft picks. By pitting Nike and adidas against each other in negotiations, Simmons achieved his goal and walked away with a 5-year, $20 million contract with Nike.
The deal is considered unique both for its large base salary and bonuses that could push the contract north of $40 million if Simmons were to win a number of awards including first-team All-NBA and MVP.
Simmons has mostly stuck with Nike’s heavy-duty performance hightops, starting with the Hyperdunk series, followed by the Zoom Rize, the Air Zoom BB NXT, and now the Air Zoom GT Run.
Player Editions (PEs and Colorways)
July 13, 2020 - Black, yellow and green
January 29, 2020 - White and pink
January 9, 2020 - Multicolored camo
December 10, 2019 - All black with the gold swoosh
March 21, 2018 - All red with the white swoosh
March 19, 2018 - White midsole and blue upper