Kyle Kuzma is missing at least the first three weeks of training camp due to a stress reaction in his foot but it’s not slowing him down in the business endorsement area. Athletic clothing and shoe company Puma have just signed him to a massive five-year deal.
The endorsement deal is expected to pay the Lakers star more than $20 million. The contract makes him one of Puma’s highest-paid players.
“The addition of Kyle to our expanding hoops roster is a huge step for our brand,” said Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing.
“The No. 1 thing I was trying to look for was a little bit more control, a little bit more freedom to do certain things. Not to be restricted from an idea standpoint,” said Kuzma in a statement. “Having a brand fully commit to me and see that I have visions too – that could work out well for the brand and me as well. Puma was that.”
Kuzma was previously signed to a two-year deal with Nike that only paid him $25,000 per year. That’s chump change compared to what he’s making now.
The Lakers open the regular season against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 22nd, but it doesn’t look like Kuzma will be back on the court by then.