HoopsHype Arn Tellem rumors

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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

May 8, 2014 Updates

Liz Mullen: .@Wasserman has signed Duke F Jabari Parker for the NBA draft, the agency confirmed. Agents BJ Arrmstrong & Arn Tellem will rep him. Twitter @SBJLizMullen

April 14, 2014 Updates

Stoudemire is part of a four-man ownership group, including superagent Arn Tellem, that purchased 60 percent of Hapoel Jerusalem last summer and turned the franchise into the top team in the Israeli league at 20-7. Stoudemire’s late surge, during which he played near his All-Star level the season’s final month, could prompt him to seek another NBA contract after 2014-15 when his $100 million pact expires. But he’s also mulling Israel to boost its profile. New York Post

April 12, 2014 Updates

Two West Coast groups based in L.A. had interest in becoming investors in the Bucks. One was headed by the agent Arn Tellem, the other included former Bucks executive and coach Mike Dunleavy. But a local group of investors is finalizing a deal to come in with owner Herb Kohl New York Daily News

April 11, 2014 Updates

Greenberg also happens to know NBA super-agent Arn Tellem, who also has shown interest in the Bucks. Tellem, who owns a professional basketball team in Israel, began his career as an attorney in Los Angeles with the firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney. One of Tellem’s mentors was none other than Greenberg. Racine Journal-Times

April 9, 2014 Updates

Despite the circus in New York, Humphries put up the most consistent numbers of his career, averaging a double-double in each of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Given minutes this season, he’s found similar consistency. Humphries has said he would like to return — a surprise, considering he will be courted by playoff teams when his contract expires on June 30. Agent Arn Tellem has held preliminary talks with Celtics president Danny Ainge, understanding that the team can’t predict its direction right now. Boston Herald

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