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Garnett to sign deal with Chinese shoe company

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  July 29, 2010 09:57 AM

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Kevin Garnett's been working on his footwork this summer. After leaving Adidas in May, the Celtics star is set to sign a new shoe deal with on of China's leading brands.

Xinhuanet reports that Garnett will head overseas this weekend to ink a contract with ANTA, the official partner of the Chinese Olympic committee.

Garnett follows the trend of athletes expanding their brand to China. Dwight Howard scheduled two trips to China this summer. After winning gold in Beijing two years ago, Chris Paul went back as an ambassador last summer. Kobe Bryant has long been the most popular player in China, with the top-selling jersey from 2007 to 2009.

From Xinhuanet:

Boston Celtics' forward Kevin Garnett was to sign a sneaker contract with Chinese brand Anta this weekend, according to sources of the NBA China.

An official with anonymity told Xinhua Thursday that the All-Star player had reached an agreement with Anta, but would not announce it until Garnett's contract with Adidas expires at end of the month.

The Anta company has confirmed to hold a press conference on Sunday in Beijing.

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