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December 15, 2011 Updates
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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

Advocates of decertification see it as a last-ditch effort for badly-needed leverage, with the hope that the league's owners would come to a much greater compromise in negotiations once they realize the players are willing to sacrifice some of, if not all, of the season. Unless union executive director Billy Hunter changes his long-held stance against decertification, 30 percent of the league's players would need to sign a petition supporting it in order to move to a vote for involuntary decertification. That vote, according to sources, would likely take between 45 and 60 days and would require a majority vote in order to pass. SI.com

June 9, 2011 Updates

Williams recently fired longtime agent Bob McLaren. Reports indicate that Williams likely will be represented by Leon Rose of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) — which lists LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as clients. But sources said Williams also is considering Jeff Schwartz, who represents Jason Kidd, Devin Harris, Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom, among others. Bergen Record

June 8, 2011 Updates

At this point, Deron Williams’ switching agents doesn’t have an impact on the Nets. He fired Bob McLaren and is expected to join Leon Rose of CAA when the two-week grace period is up. Some of you are probably thinking that means Deron is going to try and force his way out here - and maybe to the Knicks - since many of CAA’s big clients lately have jumped shot (LeBron, Bosh, Carmelo). Some of you probably think that means CAA is going to try to team some of its players with Deron in Newark/Brooklyn. J.R. Smith is the only bigger name that can be a free agent this summer. Bergen Record

New Jersey guard Deron Williams is expected to sign with agent Leon Rose, a source said Tuesday, after leaving former longtime agent Bob McClaren. Messages left for Rose and a representative for McClaren were not immediately returned. Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that Williams had fired McClaren, who is primarily known as an MLB agent but had close ties with Williams. Williams spent six seasons with the Jazz before being unexpectedly traded Feb. 23 to the Nets. Salt Lake Tribune

Rose, who is affiliated with Creative Artists Agency, is one of the premier agents in the NBA. CAA represents LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, among others, and played a pivotal role in James' controversial decision to move to Miami last summer. Williams is expected to sign with Rose, the source said, with the hope that Rose's star power will help bring top-tier talent to Brooklyn, which is where the Nets are expected to move for the 2011-12 season. Williams has one year left on his contract with New Jersey. He holds a player option worth $17.7 million in 2012-13. Salt Lake Tribune

June 7, 2011 Updates

New Jersey guard Deron Williams is expected to sign with agent Leon Rose, a source said Tuesday, after leaving former longtime agent Bob McClaren. Messages left for Rose and a representative for McClaren were not immediately returned. Salt Lake Tribune

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