HoopsHype David Falk rumors

October 22, 2010 Updates

No. 5 overall pick Jeff Green? Oklahoma City, as ever, has been exceedingly quiet about its intentions, but one source close to the process said this week that Thunder general manager Sam Presti and agent David Falk “aren’t close” to a deal despite maintaining a regular dialogue on the matter. The belief persists that OKC wants to save its money for next summer, when point guard Russell Westbrook is eligible for the sort of extension Durant just received. ESPN.com

October 21, 2010 Updates

Talk about your history in the shoe market. David Falk: The first really big breakthrough shoe deal was in 1982 when I signed James Worthy with New Balance. It was the largest deal in the history of the industry. Not the largest rookie deal — the largest deal. Obviously Worthy wore Converse, and as a rookie signed with New Balance. Years later, Michael Jordan came out and everybody knows he wanted to sign with adidas. He signed with Nike. The next year Patrick Ewing came out and he wore Nike in high school and college. He signed with adidas. When Allen Iverson came out of college, he wore Nike. We signed him with Reebok. You have to find the right match for these superstar players in terms of visibility, quality of the product, marketing support. There’s an art to try to marry the right player. Just like there is an art for an actor in finding the right movie. You don’t want to be typecast and want to find a role that shows the diversity of your talents. I think finding a signature shoe relationship requires a lot of talent. SLAM

You recently had your 60th birthday. You’ve done some great work for hundreds of clients. What are your goals moving forward? David Falk: I want to spend a lot more time with my existing clients. Behind the scenes, I try to help my prior clients transition into other business and give them advice. I’m not allowed to represent pro coaches or executives, so I can’t represent Michael Jordan or Patrick Ewing, John Paxson or Rex Chapman who all work in the League. They’re all valued friends to me and I still give them advice when they ask me. I want to try and have enough creativity left in me to do things that are unprecedented. I will take a look at it 10 years from now and see if I’m still having fun. SLAM

October 20, 2010 Updates

Green, who grabbed just two rebounds, said he's worrying about playing while his agent, David Falk, negotiates with Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti. It wouldn't be a surprise if negotiations were to go down to the wire considering the Thunder reached a deal to extend guard Thabo Sefolosha's contract just before last fall's deadline. "We value Jeff as a player and as a person, and we've had positive conversations,'' Presti said. "But, just out of respect to Jeff and the team, I just don't feel like it's appropriate for me to go any deeper than to say that Jeff Green is someone that we value and we're proud to have him as a part of our organization.'' FanHouse.com

October 19, 2010 Updates

Were you surprised at the level of anger from fans and comments from people within the League following his decision? David Falk: I wasn’t surprised at all. I was disappointed that it wasn’t handled better. I really like Maverick Carter. Maverick is not his NBA agent. In any situation when you’re going to exit, I think you have to stand up and tell the person in advance, ‘Hey, I’ve made a decision. You haven’t created an environment that is conducive to my success, so I’m going to leave.’ He has every right to leave. I just think there’s a certain level of respect, consideration and professionalism. And LeBron is a very professional guy and I don’t think he received very good advice in how to handle that situation. I think the show was a disaster. SLAM

Where do you see this going? Will there be a lockout? David Falk: I’ve said for the last year, it’s beyond my imagination that both parties can be dumb enough in the current economic climate with unemployment at 20 percent, more Americans under the poverty line than anytime during the last 60 years, that they’re going to complain that players making an average salary of $5.4 million aren’t compensated enough or that we should be crying for owners losing $10-20 million, who are billionaires. People can’t pay their mortgages, can’t keep their houses. I’ve told both sides in the strongest way that the collective bargaining negotiation is about creating rules that make the game better. If the game is better, both sides will prosper. In the court of public opinion, there is zero sympathy for fat cat players who want to make more money or fat cat owners who are losing money because they’re doing the kind of dumb things they did this summer. No sympathy at all. SLAM

What can you tell me about Worldwide Wes? David Falk: I’ve known him since 1986. I really like him. He’s a fun guy. He has great talent in brokering relationships. I think he’s probably better under the radar than in the radar. I think he knows that. I think the job he just took puts him more in the spotlight. SLAM

July 13, 2010 Updates
July 1, 2010 Updates

David Falk: What I do think is a more likely scenario Boomer, if I could give you one. The Wizards in my opinion will be trying to unload Gilbert Arenas. If they trade Arenas, who has got four years for eighty million and trade for Eddy Curry, who has got one year, ten or twelve, they could still bring in a few more free agents. If they bring in Arenas, you would get LeBron, Arenas and a power forward, whether it is Bosh, Boozer or Stoudemire. I think that is doable but I don’t think that is doable for Carmelo.” Sports Radio Interviews

If he were LeBron’s agent, whether or not he would sway him one way or another if it came down to winning championships or the chance to create a better brand image: David Falk: “First of all, I totally disagree with you. As big as New York is, this is not ’96 anymore. Twitter, Facebook and all of the social media I think you can be on Neptune and be a brand if your name was LeBron James. (Host: So New York offers nothing?) I didn’t say that. New York offers New York. I think it is a really nice place but I don’t think the marketing advantages like you had ten or fifteen years ago area as relevant as today.” Sports Radio Interviews

June 30, 2010 Updates

"It could be remarkable," said an NBA executive from a team that is expected to meet with James in the next few days, speaking on condition of anonymity because he could not talk about players still under contract with other teams. "Teams could see the possibility of who was going to be out there. That was it, more than anything else." "This is about balance of power," said agent David Falk, who represented most of the top stars, including Jordan, in 1996. "If LeBron doesn't stay in Cleveland and goes to Chicago with Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh, Chicago becomes a powerhouse. If LeBron and Bosh both decide to go to Miami -- which I think is going to happen -- Miami becomes a powerhouse." Washington Post

June 29, 2010 Updates

Michael Jordan lingering in the main dining room at Cafe Milano for nearly three hours Sunday night. White shirt, jeans. Accompanied by a co-ed crew of five, including his brother James and superagent David Falk. The retired NBA star was in town for business -- a meeting with the National Guard, which sponsors his motorcycle racing team -- but he also fit in a visit with wounded troops at Walter Reed. Washington Post

June 25, 2010 Updates

In '96, Falk represented most of a murderer's row of free agents that dwarfed this summer's class. Falk had Michael Jordan, Alonzo Mourning, Juwan Howard, Dikembe Mutombo, Kenny Anderson and others who joined the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller and Allan Houston on the open market. There were no max contracts at the time, so the agent actually had to negotiate. Once that part was done, Falk said, it came down to the same issues that will guide LeBron and Wade 14 years later. "I told my clients that my job is to get you the same offer from three or four different teams," Falk said at the draft Thursday night. "And your job is to tell me, do you want to play in the North or the South? Is there a specific coach you want to play for? What are the intangibles? Don't let the money make the decision. Today, the first part's done for you. There is no negotiation. LeBron is going to get the max wherever he goes and his decisions should all be based on whatever intangible factors are important to him." CBSSports.com

For the first five years of a max contract starting at $16.57 million, the difference amounts to barely $2 million. Then there's the matter of the sixth year, worth about $25 million if he stays home. Irrelevant, according to Falk. "LeBron's 25 years old," Falk said. "So does he think at age 30 he's not going to be able to play anymore? No. Secondly, Cleveland can pay him 2.5 percent more per year and he pays tax on that. He goes to Miami with no state taxes, and he'll make 5 percent more. So there's no home-court advantage. ... It's minimal. There's an advantage for Joe Johnson or another guy who's 29 years old. It's not an advantage to a guy who's 25." CBSSports.com

With one exception. Does LeBron want to go to work every day and walk past the Michael Jordan statue outside United Center? "LeBron is a fan of Michael, has worn his number and has respected him," Falk said. "But for me, if he's in Chicago, he's going wake up in the morning and people will say, 'You don't brush your teeth like Michael. You don't put your Hanes on like Michael. You don't dust the talc like Michael.' And for someone who's so accomplished, you want to have your own identity. So it's a very interesting question. Some people say he'll be compared to Michael no matter what anyway, but nowhere as much as in Chicago." CBSSports.com

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