HoopsHype Leon Rose rumors

July 4, 2012 Updates

The Sixers have had conversations with Williams, a shooting guard and the team's leading scorer last season. But at least four other teams are interested in Williams' services, according to his agent, Leon Rose. Philadelphia Inquirer

May 10, 2012 Updates

I figured that Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) was good for at least one of Kentucky’s talented underclassmen headed for the NBA. And I have heard from multiple sources that Rose has signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who just finished an outstanding freshman season. businessinsider.com

May 4, 2012 Updates
March 27, 2012 Updates

Priority Sports & Entertainment has lost one of its basketball division employees. Aaron Mintz, a certified player-agent with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), has left the company and signed an employment agreement with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he will join other popular basketball agents that include Leon Rose, Henry Thomas, and Steven Heumann. Prior to Mintz joining CAA Basketball, the division already represented the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Tony Parker, Andrea Bargnani…need I go on? Sports Agent Blog

I spoke to Mintz last night, and was blown away by the enthusiasm he displayed when discussing his new opportunity at CAA. “This is just an unbelievable opportunity for me,” said Mintz. “I couldn’t pass on it. It’s something that’s really exciting for me. I’m joining a great team. I couldn’t be more excited.” Mintz will remain in Los Angeles and work in CAA’s offices. Sports Agent Blog

December 15, 2011 Updates
November 30, 2011 Updates

Mark Heisler: CHRIS BROUSSARD WHO KNOWS WHEREOF HE SPEAKS--ESP. W/LEON ROSE GUYS--SAYS CP3 WON'T EXTEND IN BOSTON: To me that means CP3 is thinking NY/LA Twitter

November 9, 2011 Updates
November 8, 2011 Updates

Sources within seven of the most prominent agencies – including the agents and players themselves – said they have overwhelming support to march toward dissolving the union. The agents are selling decertification to the players as a leverage tool to get a deal done to salvage the season, as much as a long-term threat to take the owners to federal court with an antitrust lawsuit. Agents working on the decertification include Mark Bartelstein, Arn Tellem, Jeff Schwartz, Bill Duffy, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Dan Fegan. Yahoo! Sports

November 4, 2011 Updates

If a new labor deal was not completed within that 45-day span and a second vote is sanctioned by the NLRB, decertification would then require a simple majority vote of the league's 450-odd players to pass. At that point, players would have the freedom to sue the NBA under antitrust law and attempt to bring an end to the lockout via court system. Yet there are widespread fears around the league that, if decertification gets that far, any hope of playing even a reduced schedule in 2011-12 would be lost. The so-called "Big Seven" agents who pushed for decertification throughout the summer -- Mark Bartelstein, Bill Duffy, Dan Fegan, Leon Rose, Jeff Schwartz, Arn Tellem and Henry Thomas -- have long believed that the league's desire to keep this labor battle out of courts via the decertification process would force Stern and the union's owners to bargain more fairly during the 45-day "grace" period. ESPN.com

October 6, 2011 Updates

The seven agents who sent NBA players a "warning letter" on Monday held a conference call Wednesday afternoon to discuss their next move in the league's lockout, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Those agents -- Arn Tellum, Bill Duffy, Dan Fegan, Jeff Schwartz, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Mark Bartelstein -- had been strong behind-the-scenes advocates of decertification for the Players Association but, according to the source, now believe that the time to do so has passed. The letter, which was first reported by ESPN's Ric Bucher, has been widely viewed by players and others around the league as anti-union. ESPN.com

October 5, 2011 Updates

Richard Hamilton: "Source says Rip Hamilton told his agent Leon Rose he's upset Rose participated in letter." 100% UNTRUE. Never happened. Twitter

While the agents have been vocal about their desire for decertification, most of the players who have spoken publicly have been supportive of the union and of the job Hunter is doing. Chauncey Billups said a few weeks ago that if his agent, Andy Miller, were pushing for decertification that he would sever their working relationship. And sources say Richard Hamilton, Billups' former backcourt mate in Detroit, is just as pro-union as Billups. Hamilton told his agent, Leon Rose, that he is upset about Rose's participation in the letter and that he will leave him and take other players with him if Rose doesn't divorce himself from the anti-union agent group, according to a source. ESPN.com

Chris Broussard: Source says Rip Hamilton told his agent Leon Rose he's upset Rose participated in letter, which is perceived by many as anti-union. Source adds that Rip told Rose he'll leave & take other players with him if Rose doesn't leave the "anti-union" group. Twitter

The seven agents who sent NBA players a "warning letter" on Monday are holding a conference call Wednesday afternoon to discuss their next move in the league's player lockout, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Those agents -- Arn Tellem, Bill Duffy, Dan Fegan, Jeff Schwartz, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Mark Bartelstein -- have been strong behind-the-scenes advocates of decertification for the NBA Players Association. The meeting was expected to begin at 2 p.m. ET. ESPN.com

The letter, which was first reported by ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, has been widely viewed by players and others around the league as critical of the union's leadership. But one of the agents said Wednesday that the call will center on how the agents can best help union executive director Billy Hunter get a fair deal for the players, rather than on pushing for decertification against the union's wishes. ESPN.com

October 3, 2011 Updates
September 17, 2011 Updates

According to two sources close to the situation, the agent for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and many more stars, CAA lead man Leon Rose, has privately made it known that he is in favor of the strategy that union officials have consistently resisted and deemed a "nuclear option." It's a potentially significant addition to a camp that already included a number of the most influential agents in the game, among them Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group), Dan Fegan (Lagardere Unlimited), Bill Duffy (BDA Sports), Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports), and Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management). SI.com

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