Boston Celtics Guard Terry Rozier has officially inked a new shoe deal with Puma. Puma has been making a big run back into the NBA this year signing 2018 rookies DeAndre Ayron, Marvin Bagley, Michael Porter Jr., and Zhaire Smith. The shoe company was also able to pull in San Antonio Spurs Forward Rudy Gay.
Rozier was quickly picked up after being dropped from Addias when he was found wearing Nike shoes during a shootaround. From all indications, Rozier has seem to put that behind him and believes he can be the new face of the Puma basketball brand.
Me signing with Puma is basically letting you know, I'm taking over the Puma world. You got guys taking over Nike, whatever. I’m competing with the Puma world and I'm taking over that s—t. From the jump. That’s my whole thing. I feel like I'm going to turn it up because— I ain’t gonna knock nobody on Puma, but I feel I'm very marketable, I'm the guy that they needed to sign.
Last year, Rozier turned a lot of head in the playoffs when he averaged 16.5ppg, 5.3rpg, and 5.7apg while leading the Celtics to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals. At age 24, Rozier is on track to take another leap, but will be on a loaded Celtics team that could hinder his minutes. However, the guard has shown a passion for crafting his brand and made himself a storyline throughout the playoffs with his beef with Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe, and his trolling of the Sixers after their confetti mishap with a collaboration t-shirt that incorporated his “Scary Terry” nickname.
Rozier is making a bet that even as a 6th man, his marketability will shine through thanks to him being on one of the most valuable franchises that are favorites to come out of the conference.