HoopsHype Jeff Schwartz rumors

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National Basketball Players Association officials met with NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr and MLB Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner last month as part of their effort to find a new head for the players union. “The process has started, and for anyone to think we are not moving forward is inaccurate,” said Jerry Stackhouse, a member of the NBPA executive committee. But Stackhouse added that players are in “no rush” to replace the former executive director, Billy Hunter. Responding to reported frustration over the pace of the selection process, Stackhouse said leaders want to take their time in rebuilding the union and involve players. “A union is, and what it should be, is for the players, and that hasn’t happened in recent times,” he said. NBPA leaders voted unanimously to fire Hunter on Feb. 16, after an independent investigation found that he had acted in his own interests and against players’ interest in running the union. Sports Business Daily

Stackhouse and Ron Klempner, who is the NBPA’s deputy general counsel and who has been acting executive director since Hunter was fired, attended a meeting with Fehr and Weiner at the MLBPA headquarters in Manhattan in April. In addition to Fehr and Weiner, Tony Clark, a former MLB first baseman who is now MLBPA director of player relations, and Mathieu Schneider, a former NHL defenseman who is now the NHLPA special assistant to the executive director, also attended the meeting. Both Fehr and Weiner confirmed that the meeting occurred but declined further comment. Fehr’s name has been mentioned as a potential successor to Hunter, but he reaffirmed last week that he intends to stay at the NHLPA. Stackhouse said he was seeking information on how unions are run, as well as the processes unions have used to elect an executive director. News of the meeting comes as some NBA agents have privately been grumbling that nothing was happening in the search for a new union leader. Stackhouse, who is represented by Excel Sports Management founder Jeff Schwartz, said that was not the case. Sports Business Daily

May 7, 2013 Updates

UNLV draft prospect Anthony Bennett will have rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday, agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN.com. Bennett will miss all NBA pre-draft workouts, the NBA draft combine and summer league, Schwartz said. The surgery could keep Bennett out of commission up to four months. ESPN.com

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ESPN.com, in an analysis story on 10 NBA players who could be traded, cited sources as saying Jennings is frustrated. One source called it "irreconcilable differences" and said Jennings wants to be moved before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. "That is not true," Jennings said in a text message when asked if his relationship with the Bucks is beyond repair. "Just because I got a new agent doesn't mean anything. That stuff never came out of my mouth. They're just reaching for a story since I changed my agent [to Jeff Schwartz]." ESPN.com

February 13, 2013 Updates

Bucks guard Brandon Jennings recently switched agents, leaving Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management, as reported by Sports Business Daily. It is expected Jennings will join the clients of Jeff Schwartz and Excel Sports Management when the 15-day waiting period for signing with a new agent expires. It was a bit of a surprising move because Jennings has been represented by Duffy since 2009, when the Bucks guard was selected 10th overall in the NBA draft. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jennings called his agent switch "a family decision" and thanked Duffy for all he had done for him over the past four years. Jennings is extremely close to New York Knicks center Tyson Chander, who also is represented by Excel Sports Management. So are a number of other NBA stars, including Boston's Paul Pierce, Minnesota's Kevin Love, Brooklyn's Deron Williams and Milwaukee native Devin Harris, now with the Atlanta Hawks. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 4, 2013 Updates

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is dropping agent Bill Duffy, and two people familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com Monday that the soon-to-be restricted free agent will sign with New York-based Jeff Schwartz. Duffy confirmed that he and Jennings have parted ways in a statement to the Sports Business Journal. The two people with knowledge of Jennings' plans said the point guard will sign with Schwartz once the 10-day waiting period for switching agents has elapsed. CBSSports.com

Jennings will be one of the top restricted free agents on the market this summer, and his hiring of Schwartz could be ominous for the Bucks. After failing to receive a multi-year extension by the Oct. 31, 2012 deadline, the 2009 first-round pick said, "I'm doing my homework on big-market teams." CBSSports.com

November 12, 2012 Updates

Hal Biagas has agreed to join Excel Sports Management as its general counsel, the latest hire by the sports talent representation firm owned by agents Jeff Schwartz, Casey Close and Mark Steinberg. Biagas most recently was Wasserman Media Group’s executive vice president of operations, a position he held for three years. Prior to that, he served as deputy counsel for the National Basketball Players Association, where he worked for 13 years. Biagas and Excel and Wasserman officials declined to comment or did not return inquiries for this story. Sports Business Daily

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Nixon became involved last year at the request of Minnesota General Manager David Kahn and Beasley's agent, Jeff Schwartz, who both saw the impact Nixon had as Jalen Rose's mentor in Indiana. "The smarter guys become off the floor, the better players they become," Nixon said. "Michael is a great kid. A lot of the problems he had were because of who was surrounding him. Sometimes, you have to eliminate those distractions. "Once you get a tag, it's hard to shake. Once you see his work ethic and see him off the court, you'll be pleasantly surprised." Arizona Republic

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Chris Tomasson: Jerry Colangelo said Lamar Odom dropped out of Team USA today. He said Jeff Schwartz, Odom’s agent, called him today to tell him that. Twitter

The Detroit Pistons have struck a verbal agreement to sign Ukranian center Vyacheslav Kravtsov to a multiyear deal, according to his agent. "Vyacheslav intends to sign a player contract with the Pistons when the moratorium period ends," Kravtsov's representative, Jeff Schwartz, said Sunday night. ESPN.com

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