HoopsHype Jeff Wechsler rumors
Kyrie Irving is close to firing his agent, Jeff Wechsler, according to a league source. We hear part of the reason Irving is seeking a new rep is that he intends on leaving the Cavs, while Wechsler wants him to stay. As we reported at the start of the season, Irving wants to come back home to the New York area — he’s from West Orange, N.J. — and play for the Knicks. Lord knows they could use an All-Star talent at point guard, and Irving will be headed for his first starting assignment in an All-Star game in a couple of weeks. New York Daily News
Last fall, NBA agent Jeffrey Wechsler got a call from an old friend. “He called and said, ‘I have a friend who has a son who is going to be a very good ballplayer,” Wechsler said recently, recounting the story. “He didn’t tell me who this person was.” The friend told Wechsler that his friend was coming in a few weeks to the Miami area, where Wechsler is based, and asked if Wechsler would meet with him. “I said, ‘You have to tell me who it is so I can be prepared,’” Wechsler related. It was Drederick Irving, father of Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. Sports Business Daily
Wechsler’s friend, whom he declined to name, played basketball with the elder Irving at Boston University years ago. When Drederick Irving came to Wechsler’s house in Miami, he asked him if he could have something to drink. Wechsler refused. “I said, ‘I can’t give you a drink. If I give you a drink, your son will lose his eligibility.” They talked. Drederick Irving told Wechsler not to call him. “He said, ‘Everyone is calling me, and you will be better off not calling me.’” Sports Business Daily
Wechsler said he doesn’t recruit, employ runners or get involved in AAU basketball programs, noting that the business of signing top basketball players has turned into a “terrible, terrible environment.” But, he added, “If I can get my foot in the door in a clean situation, I am going to get a guy.” Sports Business Daily
Former Duke point guard Kyrie Irving has signed with agent Jeff Wechsler of 24/7 Sports, Duke spokesman Matt Plizga said Saturday in a text message. Irving announced April 6 that he was going to enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, ending his college eligibility. He is projected as a top-three pick overall in the draft despite missing 26 of Duke’s 37 games last season with a toe injury. Charlotte Observer
Kyrie Irving finalized the end of his amateur status by signing with sports agent Jeffrey Wechsler, Duke athletic department spokesman Matt Plizga said Saturday night. Irving, a freshman guard for Duke last season, came to an agreement with Wechsler’s agency, Florida-based 24/7 Sports Management, on Friday. Wechsler already represents current NBA players D.J. White of Charlotte and Quentin Richardson of Orlando. He also represented NBA veteran guard Larry Hughes. The Herald Sun
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