Carmelo Anthony denies report regarding Jordan Brand line

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, looks to pass the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony defends in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony has refuted a report from ESPN’s Nick DePaula saying that Jordan Brand was discontinuing his signature sneaker line.

Anthony was asked about the matter following Tuesday’s exhibition game in Denver, saying that he had just signed an extension with Jordan Brand:

According to the ESPN report, which came out mere hours before Melo was asked about it, Anthony agreed to a contract extension with Jordan Brand in January. His trade from the New York Knicks to Oklahoma City gives the Thunder two players who currently have signature deals with Jordan Brand, as point guard Russell Westbrook has been with the company since 2003.

Westbrook, who signed a “super-max” deal with the Thunder, also signed a 10-year extension with Jordan Brand last month that will run through the 2025-26 NBA season.

Anthony’s Melo M13 sneaker, reportedly the last in the series, was released on Feb. 25. Only four players in NBA history have had a signature line for a longer period of time than Anthony: Michael Jordan (32 models), Kobe Bryant (17), LeBron James (15) and Allen Iverson (14).

Per DePaula’s report, Anthony will wear various models of Jordan Brand shoes throughout the 2017-18 season, including custom-made retro models and the new Air Jordan XXXII which was made available to the public on Sept. 30. A low-cut version of the shoe is expected to be released on Oct. 18.

Anthony had 16 points and nine rebounds in Tuesday’s victory over Denver. He and the Thunder open their season next Thursday against his former team, the Knicks.

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