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Joel Embiid Signs Endorsement Deal With Under Armour

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"When I sat down with Under Armour, one of the first things we talked about was how this can be bigger than just shoes, bigger than just basketball", the big man wrote.

Embiid submitted his signed offer sheet on September 28 after the 76ers' annual media day session had concluded.

His prior brand, Adidas, had up to 10 business days to exercise its standard "match clause" rights on the Under Armour offer sheet, but the company moved quickly and had notified Embiid and his CAA representatives by the following morning that it would be declining to match.

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And he recently discussed with ESPN his thoughts about having a signature shoe, saying, "A lot of people, you know, always have that notion [that] big men can't sell shoes". Although he showed up to Sixers training camp this season wearing Under Armour and said he was in negotiations with them. When I look at myself ... "I can't wait to do so much more with Under Armour".

In ditching Adidas in favor of Under Armour, Embiid will join a small list of National Basketball Association players that includes Stephen Curry and Dennis Smith Jr., as well as other star athletes like Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Bryce Harper and Jordan Spieth.

Basketball has given me everything, but it has to be bigger than basketball.

Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry are together. DePaula also noted that Under Armour will assist Philadlephia and Embiid's native Cameroon with charities, which also has impressed Embiid.

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