PUMA Announces Signing of Incoming Rookie Zhaire Smith

Jay-Z 4:44 Tour- Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

PUMA has plans to revive their basketball lineup, following recent signings of Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III, whom both received multi-year contracts.

"Puma is pretty popular in the Bahamas", Ayton said. "Eventually I want to be a part of bringing this new style of Puma to my people". PUMA has a long history in the basketball space with Clyde and the first ever endorsed sneaker - the PUMA Clyde - that was launched in 1973.

Today only, fans can buy one of 73 pairs of limited edition PUMA Clyde's at PUMA Hoops HQ in Brooklyn (162 Flatbush Ave) from 11a-7p.

"His explosive game and off-court style are the ideal representation of our brand as we re-enter the basketball category", a PUMA spokesperson told SLAM.

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According to Aaron Mansfield of Complex, Jay-Z joined Puma as the company's president of basketball operations as it returns to the basketball scene.

He had a 2003 Reebok collection called the "S. Carter Collection", he was a part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets until he opened up the Roc Nation Sports Agency, he was an executive producer on National Basketball Association 2K13, and he and Damon Dash founded Rocawear.

"What's important to him on a day like today is that it's clear we're making a serious push with players like Bagley and Ayton and Smith", Petrick added.

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