The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray is nearing an endorsement deal with New Balance.
In making its triumphant return to the landscape of basketball shoes, iconic brand New Balance came out of the gates strong by forming an internship for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley, who opted to skip attending Syracuse in favor of training and working. It’s representatives quickly moved to a more high-profile candidate in former-Spur and two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard just ahead of his second career championship victory.
There’s beauty in overcoming hardship and returning stronger than ever, which is why it makes sense that New Balance and San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray are reportedly moving toward an endorsement deal.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) September 23, 2019
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As the face of the youth movement taking place in the Alamo City, Murray’s return to the hardwood signals hope for a disheartened Spurs team that’s been eliminated in the first round for the past two seasons.
The relationship between Murray and Leonard was well noted prior to the latter’s departure – Kawhi served as a quiet mentor for the aspiring All-Star. Whether or not that relationship is playing a part in Murray’s relationship with New Balance is undetermined, although it wouldn’t be surprising.
Legendary point guard Tony Parker passed the torch to Murray in the 2017-18 season, accepting a bench role in favor of the rising star. As a result, Murray landed on the 2018 All-Defensive Second Team, solidifying him as one of the game’s most exciting young stars. The Seattle-native represents a generation of fresh faces infiltrating the league and providing infectious energy to all who surround him.
Rotations aren’t set by any means, but Murray will most likely return to his starting spot at the commencement of the 2019-20 season.
With the confidence of a new shoe deal and a shockingly comprehensive recovery, Murray has an opportunity to take the league by storm.