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There was an interesting twist with Cole in the offseason, when he signed on with agent Rich Paul, the same agent who handled LeBron James' July free-agency departure from the Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It was a decision me and my support system made," Cole said of that move to James' long-time associate. "It was a decision we made and that's as much as I want to say about it. I felt it was best for me." Cole, who played at Cleveland State, with Paul's agency based in Northeast Ohio, said the decision was not influenced by James. "No, I was familiar with him," he said of Paul. Cole, who is from Dayton, said it was not a means of testing whether he, too, could return to his Ohio roots. "I made the decision based on for me and what I need," he said, "not based off anybody else. I made a decision based on what I thought and what was best for me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

McLemore has made changes off the court, too, including leaving agent Rodney Blackstock. McLemore didn’t announce he’d signed with Blackstock until shortly before last year’s draft and the indecision over an agent might have hurt McLemore, once considered a top-three pick. “It was something that I had to figure out on my own, and I made the decision for myself,” McLemore said. “I just tried to get everybody’s opinion. At the end of the day, it was my decision. I’m just trying to move forward and focus on this upcoming season.” McLemore said he’s in no rush to hire a new agent; he’s under contract through the 2015-16 season. Sacramento Bee

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"I've had a lot of clients in the last five years, good players, who didn't want to play with Kobe," says an agent who has had numerous NBA stars. "They see that his teammates become the chronic public whipping boys. Anyone who could possibly challenge Kobe for the spotlight ends up becoming a pincushion for the media. Even Shaq." ESPN.com

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports is looking to hire veteran sports agents as well as buy their agencies, sources said. “We are actively interviewing agents,” Michael Yormark, Roc Nation president and chief of branding and strategy, confirmed. Sports Business Daily

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The sides went months without speaking. It got ugly. A Phoenix sports-talk-show host wrote an "open letter" to Bledsoe, calling Paul "a joke" and urging Bledsoe to fire him. The pressure was squarely on Paul to produce, given his "unreasonable" demands. That's not the way Paul saw it. "Pressure is a terminology that doesn't align with my life," Paul said. "Where I come from, the pressures are totally different. But I did think it was an important summer. I'd be lying if I said I didn't. It was important for me from a personal standpoint and a company standpoint." Cleveland Plain Dealer

You'll also on occasion find him hanging out and socializing with his clients, something most agents tend to avoid. "Well, that's what they (agents) choose to do," he said while shrugging his shoulders. "There's an age and interest difference for a lot of them. It's not an agent-player relationship all the time. We're all young men that are in business together. That's how it is and it's unique. At the same time, I understand it, but again, there's no right or wrong way to represent a client. "I'm 33 years old. If a guy is 24, chances are we listen to the same music and like some of the same clothes. We may do things together and hang out. It's a false perception of what that relationship should look like. That thinking has been set upon us to create this difference between players so that the player perceives the agent as all business. Other agents have fun, too. Players just aren't interested in doing the things they do. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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On new trends in basketball - agent Misko Raznatovic: "Typical centers, tall and strong, they’re having big problems finding a new club. Coaches are more and more looking for centers who can defend guards off the pick ’n’ roll, undersized centers, athletic, players like Hines, Lasme or Dunston. If I had had 50 players with those abilities this summer, I would have sold 50. Unfortunately, players with those characteristics come almost exclusively from the USA. Today when they come to me and say: ’Misko, I have a kid 14 years old, 207 cm tall, he’s going to be 215 cm’, I say that I’m not interested. I don’t believe in that kind of basketball anymore, actually it doesn’t matter if I believe it or not, that kind of basketball doesn’t do the thing anymore." Ball In Europe

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