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Bryant will wear the Nike, not Jordan, brand

Updated: June 18, 2003, 11:59 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

In a season of unprecedented shoe deal free agency, the world's number one athletic shoe maker is signing the most coveted available athletes.

On May 20, Nike signed former Syracuse standout Carmelo Anthony to a six-year deal worth roughly $3 million per year. The next day, future No. 1 pick LeBron James was paid $90 million to wear the Swoosh for seven years.

On Wednesday, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the shoe giant, which owns roughly 40 percent of the U.S. shoe ...

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