HoopsHype Arn Tellem rumors

October 3, 2011 Updates

Neither side knows what the regional office recommended, and the general counsel could take days, weeks or months to review the case and either follow or reject the regional office's recommendation. A person familiar with the NLRB's procedures told CBSSports.com Monday it is the agency's hope that the two sides settle their labor dispute among themselves. The conflict of interest for Elbert Tellem stemmed from his family relation to Arn Tellem, the powerful agent from Wasserman Media Group who represents such NBA stars as Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Tyreke Evans. Tellem has been among a handful of powerful agents who have consistently disagreed with the union's bargaining and legal strategies while pushing behind the scenes for the players to decertify union membership as a tactic to force the owners to bargain more seriously. CBSSports.com

September 19, 2011 Updates
September 11, 2011 Updates

According to one agent, the current-day Tellem is as extreme as ever in his views. It is believed that he is a strong advocate of a capitalist system that is far less restrictive than even the previous agreement and is an ardent fan of decertification. If progress had, in fact, been made in the current negotiations, the notion of a high-ranking league official like Silver checking in with the most staunch of opponents to gauge the likelihood of bridging the largest of gaps would seem to be a natural next step. SI.com

August 5, 2011 Updates
June 24, 2011 Updates

Also interesting to note is that Thompkin's agent Arn Tellem, according to Olshey, tried to direct his client to the Clippers. "Tellem's been calling for two days, hoping that if Trey were to fall into the second round, we would be their team," said Olshey. "Arn just thought this was a great fit." HoopsWorld

June 7, 2011 Updates
May 31, 2011 Updates

Tellem has a unique perspective on a potential Myers-West collaboration. He is one of West's best friends -- not working friends, but personal friends. Tellem worked every angle he could when he represented a teenage Kobe Bryant in 1996 to make sure that the phenom got to West's Lakers, after West was blown away by a Bryant pre-Draft workout. And he was Myers' boss. "The only missing piece is me," Tellem said, and I'm pretty sure he was joking. I think. "I have no doubt that they'll be able to work together really well," Tellem said. "It's just (that) they're not going to all agree, not that they'll be the Team of Rivals, like in the Lincoln Cabinet." NBA.com

April 14, 2011 Updates

Myers has discussed his move with his clients, sources said, and all have remained committed to staying with Tellem and Wasserman Media Group. Agent Greg Lawrence has partnered with Myers on multiple clients and is expected to work with Tellem to take over the top players that Myers leaves behind. Tellem is considered the sport’s most powerful and influential agent, and he’s always had a great affection for his protégé, Myers. That relationship could ultimately pay dividends for Myers as he works to procure talent and rebuild the Warriors. Yahoo! Sports

February 25, 2011 Updates

First, Smith must find a new agent. He had been with the Wasserman Media Group, with Arn Tellem as his lead agent and Smith working closely with Thad Foucher. However, Smith said he recently left due to "personal reasons'' and is now in the market for a new representative. Smith didn't offer a timetable to find one. But there's nothing that can be done immediately since Smith, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract in the summer of 2008, can't sign an extension due to that being only allowed for players on deals of four or more years. FanHouse.com

October 29, 2010 Updates

But three months after agent Keith Glass won his courtroom bout with agent Andy Miller in a landmark decision, the case is serving as a segue into a contentious faceoff between two industry heavyweights and might spark change at the institutional level as well. Agent Aaron Goodwin told FanHouse that he plans to file a formal complaint against top agent Arn Tellem with the NBA Players Association in the coming weeks because of how his colleague came to represent Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford. Horford was represented by Goodwin from the time he was picked third overall out of Florida in 2007 until late June, when he changed agents days before he was eligible to begin discussing a possible extension. The union will rule on whether the case goes to arbitration. FanHouse.com

"Where other people may close their eyes to it, I try to address it," Goodwin said. Like Glass, Goodwin has had run-ins with Miller. "I've literally called (Miller) several times to reiterate not to speak to my clients. I think if agents would confront other agents, it wouldn't be as big of a deal. There are some who feel they're untouchable, and have the wherewithal to do whatever they want to do, especially when it comes to improprieties. "The crazy thing is that it's ran almost like a street business. And at the end of the day, if someone would do this to you and it wasn't regulated by government, you'd go down and you'd inflict some harm on them so that they wouldn't do it again. But you can't do that. And they understand that there's not much you can do, so they run rampant. And when you confront them, if they're man enough to take the phone call, they deny it." FanHouse.com

"I had heard this same gentleman (Tellem) was about to be fired by a player years before, and when the player contacted me (to discuss possible representation), I told the player that I didn't talk to players who were under contract with other agents," Goodwin said. "And I turned around and I called the gentleman to tell him to reach out to his player and see what he could do to rectify that situation. "(Tellem's) response was that he appreciated it, and that most agents wouldn't do something like that, and he respected the fact that I would. In return, he turns around and doesn't give me the same respect and dignity to call me (regarding Horford)." FanHouse.com

August 18, 2010 Updates

The agent, Arn Tellem, said the Grizzlies are trying to make Henry meet performance bonuses, such as making the rookie challenge at All-Star weekend or being named to one of the all-rookie teams. He says only one player out of more than 450 since the rookie salary scale was instituted in 1995 has agreed to a performance bonus. “Basic fairness and equality are fundamental aspects of every positive organization-player relationship, and those concepts are totally absent from the Grizzlies’ current proposal to Xavier,” Tellem said. Yahoo! Sports

August 16, 2010 Updates

That Henry's agent is the high-powered Arn Tellem only adds to the tension. Tellem is not one to be trifled with, and while the Grizzlies may win the battle by playing hardball, they risk losing much more by annoying one of the league's biggest players. NBA.com

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