Nike and Adidas have offered prep hoopster Andrew Wiggins $180 million — and a lot of problems

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    What's the problem...take the money and run kid!

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 19, 2013 11:53 p.m.

    Hey Andrew, can I be your Agent?!!

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    Oct. 18, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    Now jazz fans should know why they're tanking this year.

  • getinmyposter Provo, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    This has been a perpetual problem for a long time. "Play their Hearts Out" by George Dohrmann paints the picture well. Corporations target kids younger and younger through AAU. sponsored teams then can use their sponsorship to bribe talented youth to join their team. Not that AAU competition in itself or sponsorship is bad at all, but there are coaches who exploit the kids for their talent. There's a huge conflict of interest, many coaches are essentially working for Nike or Addidas and not to improve the lives of youth. There are expectations that these coaches will drive the kids to schools also sponsored by their shoe company. There definitely needs to be changes. Kids who aren't "high-profile NBA prospects" are often affected because they are targeted early before anyone knows if they will continue to develop at a high level. Just look at former "next Lebron James" Demetrius Walker who's at Grand Canyon University now.

  • Cougar11 Highland, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    This isn't even an issue. This type of contract is rare and isn't permeating among the young men in some alarming fashion. It is a rare, rare athlete that will get this opportunity. These corporations do their research and are the ones taking the risks. If the kid will get some smart people around him instead of his high school buddies, he will be fine. The maturity of the individual is focused into these corporations decisions. I wish him well.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    I'm fine with it. If the kid is worth that much to the Nike or Adidas brand then so be it. Good for him.