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Among the hardest of hardball moves is currently playing out courtesy of Arn Tellem. The NBA's premier player agent represents Embiid, the 7-foot-1 freshman center from Kansas who could well be the top pick overall. But Embiid did not take part in last week's pre-Draft camp in Chicago. And, not only did he not participate, he didn't make his medical records available. This is a problem, as Embiid missed the end of the Jayhawks' season after suffering a stress fracture in his back. You can't come up with five more terrifying words for NBA executives than "stress fracture in his back," even for a 20-year-old who is still scratching the surface of his potential after learning the game by watching Hakeem Olajuwon DVDs in his native Cameroon. NBA.com

With Tellem's unwillingness to expose Embiid's medical history, teams are grasping in the dark. It's the reality of the Health Insurance Portabilty and Accountability Act of 1996, known by most as HIPAA. Under HIPAA rules, just about any piece of medical information about an individual is protected from public disclosure. No hospital can be compelled to provide anything other than the bare minimum of information about a patient's condition or treatment; no team can force a university or college to give out information about a player's condition. NBA teams are as in the dark as anyone seeking information. Tellem's refusal to give anyone anything was the talk of the Combine last week. "The No. 1 issue is going to be the medical issue with him," a Central Division executive said. "There's no other issues really to deal with. With him not having taken the physical in Chicago, he's difficult to project. I don't see him falling out of the top three unless there's a medical red flag." NBA.com

This is the very smart, very calculating game Tellem is playing. He has a history of coming out on top in these sorts of things. My guess is he's not going to sit idly by and let the ping pong balls fall where they may. He knows exactly where he's going to walk Embiid. My guess is those medical records will be available to Milwaukee around the time that giraffes paint the Sistine Chapel. NBA.com

Mitchell Butler, an NBA agent who most recently worked for Lagardère Unlimited, has joined Rival Sports Group as president of basketball. Butler has brought several basketball players to Rival and signed draft prospects including Clemson forward K.J. McDaniels. Butler quietly joined Rival late last year and has been working out of its Beverly Hills, Calif., headquarters. He reports to Rival Sports Group founder Richard Gebbia. Additionally, NBA agents Dean Walle and Toby Bailey also both have joined Rival as vice presidents of basketball and report to Butler. Walle and Bailey started their own small basketball player representation firm, Sky Sports Management, two years ago, but left that firm after being hired by Rival. Butler represents Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and Chicago Bulls guard/forward Tony Snell, as well as about a dozen basketball players playing on professional teams in Europe and two players in the NBA-owned D-League. All of those players move to Rival. Additionally, Sky Sports Management represented a few European players, including former UCLA guard Lazeric Jones, and those players have joined Rival Sports Group. Sports Business Daily

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Love's agent Jeff Schwartz and Ainge have a strong relationship and a good working history. Ainge helped another Schwartz client, Paul Pierce, get to a preferred trade destination in Brooklyn a year ago. The Celtics believe they can sell Love on becoming the next big Celtics star, and all the adulation that comes with that for a franchise that has won 17 NBA championships. Yahoo! Sports

Johnson, enlisted a month ago to help the players union’s search, has formed a committee of outside advisers and has aggressively presented his plan and schedule to everyone involved. Every player agent was invited to attend the meeting, held at the same hotel that served as the headquarters for the pre-draft camp, and approximately 20 did so. “It was very different than anything I’ve ever seen,” said one agent. “I’m 100 percent confident KJ is going to help find someone on par with himself to lead the players association going forward.” Bleacher Report

In the meeting, Johnson encouraged all the agents to make sure their clients would be in Las Vegas in July, when he hopes to present the executive-director candidates. Getting the rank-and-file involved should be less challenging in light of recent racist remarks by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. “This Sterling thing is really going to galvanize the players,” the agent said. “Maybe they needed to hear exactly how the owners think of them.” Bleacher Report

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Van Gundy’s priority will be to work with Monroe and Falk to find a sign-and-trade deal, allowing Van Gundy to address the big weakness on his team—perimeter shooting, a vital aspect of Van Gundy’s offensive approach. The Pistons shot 32.1 percent from the 3-point line, which was 29th in the league last season. Sporting News

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