10. R.J. Barrett
New York Knicks shooting guard R.J. Barrett is a Canadian professional basketball player. Barrett signed his first shoe deal with Puma after getting drafted in 2019.
Barrett hopped on the train for their endorsements along with Deandre Ayton and Marvin Beagley III after the brand decided to return to the basketball business.
After being drafted by the Knicks as the third overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA draft, R.J. received a multi-year contract from the German shoe company.
Although the details regarding the year and endorsement amount were kept confidential, R.J. has been officially sponsored by them since 2019.
Barrett first wore Puma sneakers at the Summer league debut while openly showing his love for the brand in all the events. Similarly, R.J. wore their shoes to the July Rookie Photoshoot of the NBA.
Following this, the brand opened a new store in Manhattan, with a huge “I Love New York” ad banner featuring Barret’s face for publicity.
Salary And Contract
R.J. Barrett salary is $23.38 million after the Knicks renewed his contract in 2022.
Previously, Barrett earned $10.9 million in 2022, which increased by $12.52 million in 2023. The new deal from the Knicks is much better than his initial contract after the draft.
According to the updated contract details in HoopsHype, his salary will increase by a margin of $1,910,714 every year until 2026. In 2024 his salary would be $25,794,643, $27,705,357 in 2025, and $29,616,071 in 2026.
In addition to the salary and incentives from the team, his annual net worth will increase from $24 million in 2023 to $30 million in 2026 after including the endorsement from Puma.