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Tap, Tap… Confirmed: Dwyane Wade Is Still Under Contract With Jordan Brand, No Li-Ning Deal Yet

You’ve all been here before. The rumor that Dwyane Wade is leaving Jordan Brand, will sign with Li-Ning. A month ago. Let’s do it again…

Yesterday, a fresh wave of third-rate guesswork posing as “breaking news” made the rounds of the Internet. It even slithered its way onto ESPN Insider today.

The general thesis is true. Most of everything else “reported” on is false.

We can confirm that Dwyane Wade is still under contract with Jordan Brand. That endorsement contract has not yet expired — not today, not this week.

This also means there’s no Li-Ning deal finalized yet. We can confirm this too, as of an hour ago.

At some point in the next few weeks, before the start of the new NBA season, the smart money bet is Wade becomes a Li-Ning athlete. But we’re not there yet.

We can also confirm from multiple sources that Jordan Brand has no further intentions of retaining Dwyane Wade’s services and Wade will indeed sign a new footwear and apparel deal with a company outside the Nike Inc. family.

Publicly speaking though, Jordan Brand has issued a “no comment” on this story at this time.

So this situation is a little like “confirming” and “breaking” news that there’s going to be a new Jay-Z album where he raps about money, fast cars, and slanging crack back in ’88. Great detective work, you guys. You can guess the general (and by now obvious) motif, and you might be right, but please stop yourself there. In talking with a few of the actual insiders who have intimate knowledge of the Wade contract situation, it’s readily clear that some of you are pulling your fantasy news scoops from where the sun doesn’t shine.

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His Jordan line needed better designs, I’m not surprised by this move in any respect. They cancelled FW3 so you it’s over for it. great pick-up by Li Ning to get him! Excellent real reporting, not rumors like every body else.

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Shots fired at NDP of Sole Collector? I see you CounterKicks.

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Ha, nah. We’re just looking to put out legit and accurate info for our readership at the heart of it. Way too much fantasy and joke journalism in the coverage of this industry. At the very least, we’re going to make sure the people who come here for footwear news and info are going to have the best insight possible. We get emails all the time asking us about this or that way off base rumor people have seen elsewhere and there’s gotta be a point at which it stops or gets corrected. How this Wade/Jordan/Li-Ning story has been chatted about has exposed a lot of people. Either you break news or you’re just talking and guessing…

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Thanks for real reporting work on this site! Wade never looked good in his sigs time to move on. Too bad Brand Jordan

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he’d better leave the jb brand. his shoes are wack

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