Derrick Rose was one of those gems that the NBA rarely got the opportunity to sign. Back in 2008, the star was selected as the No.1 overall pick by the Chicago Bulls and Rose would quickly rise to fame. Being signed by the Bulls was a massive deal. However, it brought its own set of challenges and legacies to live up to. This was especially due to Michael Jordan’s stint with them throughout the 80s and 90s.
However, this didn’t stop young Derrick from being the best version of himself. He stood out from the lot and often put NBA legends to the ultimate test. Rose would become the youngest ever player to win the MVP, back in 2011, at the age of 22. He averaged 25 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game. Stylistically, he was extremely versatile, swift, and strong. He was someone many NBA fans believed would revive the Bulls back to their original form.
Unfortunately, Derrick Rose would get hit by a series of injuries that would affect his career. In 2012, the NBA star tore his ACL during the first round of the playoffs. He missed out on several games, and sadly, he wouldn’t return to prime form ever again. During an interview with Zach Lowe of ESPN, his teammate Joakim Noah would claim that he was almost as if 9/11 had happened. Noah believed that Rose was going to help them win a championship as well.
Derrick Rose signed a $185 million 14-year deal with Adidas
Derrick Rose entered the league during one of it’s most competitive phases. This was around the time Kobe Bryant was trying his best to reignite the Los Angeles Lakers’ title hopes and LeBron James had the entire world saluting him for his work. Rose stood out regardless and this attracted a lot of media attention as well as endorsement opportunities. Adidas opened up a door for Rose to walk into, he did not ignore their offer.
According to Sports Illustrated, he signed one of the league’s largest shoe deals ever. Adidas offered a $185 million 14-year contract to Derrick. He was initially under contract with the sports brand, however, he was tasked to choose between resigning or exploring the market in 2012. Just months before he suffered from the career-altering ACL tear, Rose seized the opportunity making him one of their largest signings ever.
Derrick Rose’s insane Adidas contract includes Adidas paying Rose’s brother $250k-$350k per year and Rose’s best friend $50k-$75k per year.
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However, this deal included a few conditions. Adidas had to agree to pay Reggie Rose (Derrick Rose’s brother) $250,000 or more every year as he was his consultant. Derrick also wanted the brand to pay between $50,000 to $70,000 to Randall Hampton. The latter was Rose’s best friend since sixth and also worked as his assistant as well. An AAU team of Rose’s choice was also given $150,000 annually.