Marvin Bagley III shocked much of the NBA world earlier this week when the former Duke star announced he had signed a shoe/apparel contract with Puma, which is attempting to break into the basketball market.
The potential top-three NBA Draft pick is one of two big prospects Puma has signed. The brand also agreed to a deal with probable No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton.
Bagley's decision to go with Puma was surprising for a number of reasons, with one of them being that his father, Marvin Jr., worked very closely with Nike.
"Nike gave Marvin Bagley’s dad his own team on the summer circuit for years. Even gave them a berth in the Peach Jam despite the fact they were 0-16 or something like that. And now Bagley (and Ayton, who bounced around the shoe circuits) have signed with Puma," college basketball writer Jeff Goodman pointed out.
CBS Sports' Matt Norlander recently sat down with Bagley III for an NBA Draft interview. The senior Bagley was there and answered a question about the Puma deal. When Norlander attempted to ask him about Nike, he shut it down.
CBS Sports (to Marvin Bagley Jr.): Since I have you, I do want to ask you a question I think a lot of people want an answer to. I'll be blunt and would love to hear your approach. Nike was able to afford you a team --
Marvin Bagley Jr.: I'm not here to discuss. Zero. [He makes buzzer noise]
CBS Sports: OK. You're a human, I'm a human, I wondered if it was --
Marvin Bagley Jr.: [Buzzer noise]
CBS Sports: No? OK. [Asking Marvin Bagley III] Are there plans for you to have a team at the grassroots level, Marvin, with Puma and is there a timeline on that?
Marvin Bagley III: That's definitely something I thought about. We're just getting started with this. That can take a long time to develop. That's definitely something I've been thinking about.
Welp, that had to have been a little awkward.
You can read the whole Q&A here. It features more good nuggets about Bagley's decision to go with Puma, his NBA Draft evaluations and more.
The 2018 NBA Draft is set for Thursday night. It'll tip off shortly after 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.