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Lauri Markkanen Signs Multi-Year Extension with Nike

Lauri Markkanen's Nike GT Hustle 2 PE
Lauri Markkanen's Nike GT Hustle 2 PE

Finnish basketball sensation Lauri Markkanen has once again made headlines, not just for his on-court prowess with the Utah Jazz but also for his off-court business acumen. In a move that cements his relationship with one of the biggest names in sports apparel, Markkanen has signed a multi-year extension with Nike, reaffirming his status as a key figure in the sports marketing world.

Markkanen's journey with Nike began in 2017, making him the first Finnish basketball player to be endorsed by the brand. This initial deal was a significant milestone, not only for Markkanen but also for Finnish basketball, putting the nation on the map in the global basketball community.

Since then, Markkanen has been a walking billboard for Nike Basketball products, showcasing them on the NBA floor with style and finesse. His affiliation with Nike has been visible in every leap, dunk, and three-pointer he has made, with his feet always snug in the latest Nike Basketball models.

The details of the new deal have been kept under wraps. Industry insider Nick DePaula broke the news but couldn't provide specifics on the length of the agreement or the financials involved.

In celebration of this new chapter, Markkanen debuted a PE (Player Exclusive) colorway of the GT Hustle 2. The pair features a purple and gold color scheme with “Finnisher” and “LM23” on the heel.

As fans and sneakerheads alike speculate about the specifics of the deal, one thing is sure: Lauri Markkanen will continue to grace the NBA courts in Nike sneakers for the foreseeable future. Download the Sole Retriever mobile app for more updates on the latest happenings in the sneaker and streetwear world.

Lauri Markkanen's Nike GT Hustle 2 PE (image via Nick DePaula)
Lauri Markkanen's Nike GT Hustle 2 PE (image via Nick DePaula)

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