Jan 13, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) during the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Tyrese Haliburton is no longer a sneaker free agent.
The Sacramento Kings rookie, and former Cyclone, has inked a deal with Nike, according to ESPN sneaker industry reporter Nick DePaula. He joins notable stars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Ja Morant, teammate De’Aaron Fox and numerous other NBA players in wearing the swoosh on the court from night to night.
Haliburton, a native of Oshkosh, Wis., has long caught attention for his on-court sneaker selections and once told Cyclone Fanatic during his college career he hates wearing the same pair in consecutive games.
Haliburton’s status as a sneaker free agent could not have been expected to last long as he’s emerged as one of the leading candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year this season. He’s averaging 12.8 points, 5.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game during his debut season for a young Kings squad.
As of this writing, Haliburton has the third-best odds to win Rookie of the Year (+750) behind the Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards. Those players are signed with Puma and Adidas, meaning Haliburton can probably be considered the most high-profile rookie on Nike’s payroll.
It is also safe to bet Haliburton will never have to wear the same pair of shoes in consecutive games again.