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Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr. nets shoe deal after winning dunk contest

Vincent Frank
Derrick Jones Jr. dunk contest
Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t tell Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. that the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is meaningless.

Days after winning said contest over Aaron Gordon in controversial fashion during NBA All-Star Weekend, Jones Jr. has earned a shoe deal with Puma.

“In the aftermath of his narrowly claimed slam dunk contest win, Jones Jr. signed a multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deal with Puma, adding the 6-foot-6 high flier to a select group of NBA and WNBA athlete partners with the company,” ESPN’s Nick DePaula reported Monday.

Jones and Gordon put up two of the most-epic performances in the recent history of the contest before judges seemingly robbed Gordon of the title.

This is going to equate to a nice little pay day for a player in Jones who is averaging less than seven points per game throughout his four-year NBA career.

The 23-year-old wing also noted that he plans on defending his title next year in Indiana.

“As a kid, I told my father I was going to win one, and I got it,” he said. “So I’m going to go get another one next year.”

Good stuff.