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March 11, 2015 Updates

Arn Tellem With the business booming by all accounts, why would the NBA continue to ignore its own development league? It’s not like the league lacks innovative leadership right now. Commissioner Adam Silver and Players Association executive director Michele Roberts have proven to be progressive thinkers who are open to new ideas. They know the world of college sports has been upended by litigation — not just Ed O’Bannon’s antitrust suit against the NCAA, but the Northwestern University athlete unionization case as well. If the amateur landscape is being reshaped, then why wait to follow the NCAA’s lead? The NBA should act preemptively in what, down the line, will be in its own best interests. The NCAA would then be obliged to adapt some of its more draconian rules to the 21st-century game, making the system more balanced and player-friendly. At the moment, the NBA is abetting the NCAA. It should be the other way around. Grantland

From a player agent’s perspective, Europe offers a bigger immediate payoff. Normally, agents don’t take commissions on D-League contracts and charge second-rounders 2 percent. In the European leagues, the standard 10 percent cut is generally split between the American and European agents. But the best agents help their clients get better in the hope that the improvement will result in a long-term NBA career. If your client is rewarded, you will be, too. To be one of the 60 annual draftees should be an honor, not a burden. Yet it can be downright traumatic for a prospect to get selected late in the final round and then realize his new “team” has no intention of giving him a guarantee (and that he likely must play professionally out of the country). It’s in both the player’s and the league’s interests for him to mature on his own home turf. Grantland

So what would be the biggest benefit from my proposal? In my opinion, cap management should be independent of player development. Let’s say an NBA team could spend up to $2 million a year on D-League player pay (not counting the salaries of first-rounders); if that number didn’t count against the actual cap, the team would be more likely to take chances with development. Right now, the 18 current D-League franchises are said to be worth around $5 million each. If the NBA created 12 more teams, each parent franchise could have its own affiliate. Grantland

January 6, 2015 Updates

Wasserman Media Group of the powerful agent Arn Tellem represents Mario Hezonja since last July. Wasserman represents the Croatian star both in the NBA and Europe. Barcelona's guard is considered as a top-10 pick in 2015 draft and he has showed flashes of great talent. Sportando

January 5, 2015 Updates

Most potential draft entries are still in the meat of the decision-making process when it comes to agents—and those decisions will firm up in the next month or so. Tellem is also in line to represent Mario Hezonja, the 19-year-old Croatian wing who could be a lottery pick. Sporting News

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The 6-foot-7 Green is due a raise after proving himself as a clutch playoff performer, versatile defender and improving jump shooter. “Maybe he’ll give me a discount?” Myers joked of his former boss Tellem. “Probably not, right?” Contra Costa Times

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The Bucks have until the end of the month to extend Knight’s contract. If they don’t, he’ll become a restricted free agent after this season. And, if that occurs, the offensively-challenged Bucks could be flirting with fire. Knight, who is represented by Arn Tellem, arguably the best agent in the game, could decide to become an unrestricted free agent the following season and undoubtedly draw keen interest from several teams in larger markets. Racine Journal-Times

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