NBA legend Mario Chalmers to launch NFTs

Chalmers has signed an NFT deal with Playmaker and 2CrazyNFT

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NBA star Mario Chalmers is launching a range of NFTs – Photo: Shutterstock
                                

Mario Chalmers, a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player for the Miami Heat who now plays for Puerto Rican team Los Indios de Mayagüez, has signed a non-fungible token (NFT) deal with Playmaker and 2CrazyNFT.

Playmaker is a sports-focused media, merchandise and management company and 2CrazyNFT is an NFT platform. The two companies formed a partnership in October. This deal will see some of the most memorable moments from Chalmers’ career turned into NFTs, with 3,000 in total being produced.   

Some of the NFTs also come bundled with real-life prizes. These include an NBA 2K streaming session with Chalmers and an autographed jersey and basketball designed by Chalmers, 2CrazyNFT and Playmaker, as well as VIP Miami Heat tickets and a 48-hour, all-expenses-paid trip to Miami to meet the man himself.

The 10-year NBA veteran

Chalmers spent a decade playing in the NBA and played a pivotal part in Miami Heat winning the NBA finals in 2012 and 2013.    

The NFT market amassed $2.5bn (£1.86bn) in sales volume during the first half of 2021, according to Reuters.

"I've been wanting to create an NFT for a while”

Arthur Getzinger and Dylan Katz, partners and co-founders of 2CrazyNFT said: “We’re incredibly thankful to have Mario alongside us on this journey. As lifelong basketball fans ourselves, it’s an honour to have a legend like this on ‘our team’.

”It was a joy to watch him play and we're sure he’ll be as valuable to 2CrazyNFT as he was on the court,” the pair continued. ”We’re excited to build an even stronger connection between him and his fans, giving them a chance to win an actual experience with this elite player that they’ve watched for years.”

Chalmers said: “I’ve been wanting to create an NFT for a while. I love what 2CrazyNFT has been doing in the space and I’m excited to roll out our project.”

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