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January 30, 2014 Updates

Some around the league point to Durant’s decision to part with Landmark Sport’s Rob Pelinka as his agent to sign with rap mogul Jay Z’s RocNation Sports last summer as a big red flag. However, sources close to the situation say that Durant’s decision was not about Oklahoma City, but about building his off-the-court brand outside of the traditional sports marketing world. Basketball Insiders

January 28, 2014 Updates

Then Schwartz suggested Jefferson make a visit to Charlotte to at least hear the Bobcats out. The rest has been a happy half-season of history for all concerned. “I met the coaching staff. That was the first impression right there,” Jefferson said of Steve Clifford and his assistants. “That showed me that MJ [team chairman Michael Jordan], Rod [Higgins, Charlotte president of basketball operations] and those guys, they went and got a great coach and staff. That let me know right there they were trying to turn this franchise around. “Then I looked at the young talent: Jeff Taylor, MKG [Michael Kidd-Gilchrist], Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson. Bis [Bismack Biyombo], a great high-energy big. Brendan Haywood and [Jannero] Pargo, guys who have been around the league and know what it takes to win. You add a guy with my talent and the things I’m able to do on offense. And then you look at the East, I really thought that was the best decision for me.” NBA.com

Australian phenom Dante Exum has decided to declare for the 2014 NBA draft, his family and agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Exum has agreed to hire agent Rob Pelinka and Brandon Rosenthal of Landmark Sports Agency. Pelinka's clients include Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond. ESPN.com

"We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports," Cecil, Desiree and Dante Exum said in a statement to ESPN. "Our family felt The Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work." Exum and his family met eight different agents in Melbourne over the past month and narrowed their decision to Pelinka on Tuesday morning. ESPN.com

January 27, 2014 Updates

It wasn't unusual, but certainly was notable, that Bryant spent a good bit of time after Sunday's game catching up with two power brokers who make such things happen from coast to coast in the NBA: William "World Wide Wes" Wesley, the CAA operative who has sunk his influence deeply into the Knicks, and Robert "Bay" Frazier, Anthony's business manager. CBSSports.com

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LeBron James has always seen Johnny Manziel as a kindred spirit, consistently overanalyzed, sometimes harshly scrutinized. He's also known to be open to mentoring younger athletes, so he was receptive when a call came from people close to the Texas A&M quarterback. "They reached out to me when he was going through a lot of off-the-field things, that I thought was just overblown," James said. "He's not the only college kid that's ever went to a frat party, or the only college kid that ever had fun. But obviously, he's Johnny Manziel so it's blown out of proportion." Bleacher Report

January 7, 2014 Updates

Maverick Carter won't just be working with LeBron James anymore. According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, Carter has been selected to be Johnny Manziel's new marketing agent. "Sources tell ESPN.com that Manziel has chosen Select Sports Group out of Houston to be his contract agency and LRMR, the firm run by LeBron James' business partner Maverick Carter to do his marketing," writes Rovell. Manziel has talked about his relationship with James before, saying on The Dan Patrick Show that he exchanged text messages with James frequently. Now, by selecting LRMR as his marketing firm, he'll likely be even closer to James. Sulia

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His agent, David Lee, insisted Friday his client didn’t come to Cleveland simply because it was his only legitimate opportunity to prove he can still play in the NBA with the intent of eventually forcing his way out. “Cleveland is not the problem. Cleveland is not a negative connotation,” Lee said. “Andrew has shied away from publicity his entire life. He’s not a guy who needs the limelight. He lives in a simple neighborhood there. He walks his dog and rides his bike to the store. He goes to the movies by himself. Cleveland wasn’t a problem for him.” Akron Beacon Journal

Lee did not want to publicly get into specifics of why the relationship with the Cavs failed, but raved about the Cavs’ training staff, beginning with physical therapist George Sibel and his efforts to get Bynum back on the court. After he had spent about two months working with the Cavs last summer, Lee asked Bynum what he thought of the training staff. Bynum told him, “I think they’re trying to help me.” “Best answer I could ever get,” Lee said. “Their motivation was more important to me than saying they’re good or great. They were trying to help him. Can’t ask for a better answer than that. The training staff has been incredible.” Akron Beacon Journal

December 19, 2013 Updates

League sources say Asik's new agent, Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, left Houston Thursday morning after efforts to get his client routed to greener pastures -- Boston, for example -- did not come to fruition. Houston GM Daryl Morey's desire to move Asik by Thursday so he could subsequently repackage any players involved before the Feb. 20 trade deadline did not outweigh the paucity of unattractive deals on the table. CBSSports.com

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