HoopsHype Rob Pelinka rumors

November 21, 2013 Updates

Billy Hunter, the ousted former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, has identified Kobe Bryant and his agent, Rob Pelinka, as the power brokers who pushed him to accept a 50-50 labor deal that Hunter claims was negotiated behind his back during the 2011 lockout. In a 21-page court filing this week in Hunter's lawsuit against the NBPA, its former president, Derek Fisher, and his business manager, Jamie Wior, Hunter laid out the case for how he believes he was sandbagged by Fisher during the labor talks. Hunter is alleging defamation and breach of contract in the lawsuit, and Fisher's alleged role in a so-called secret deal with the owners to end the lockout would be relevant if Fisher usurped Hunter's authority as the sole bargaining agent for the players under the NBPA's by-laws. CBSSports.com

September 30, 2013 Updates

While the fate of James and Anthony will be among the larger NBA story lines of the season since both can opt out of their contracts, Bryant’s future also will emerge as a major issue. Bryant is making $30 million in the final year of his deal and of course could re-sign with the Lakers for an increase under the collective bargaining agreement rules. “I would suspect that at some point this season, we’ll sit down, whether it be Kobe and I, or Kobe and his representative, Rob Pelinka, and talk about the future,” Kupchak said. “But Kobe has made it clear that he intends to retire in a Laker uniform, and I know as an organization we feel the same way. I think it makes sense for him and for us to get him back on the court, and get a feel or a gauge of how much longer he wants to play and at what level.” Boston Globe

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So Hunter claims that one of the highest-compensated players and his agent called him on Oct. 27, 2011, and said a 50-50 BRI deal had been struck with ownership and Hunter should accept it. I am not certain who that player is. I have been told by two different sources it was Kobe Bryant. Bryant and Fisher share the same agent — Rob Pelinka. Bryant and Fisher are close friends; they joined the Lakers the same year. Bryant was the NBA’s highest-paid player in 2011-12, earning $25 million. Bryant spent part of the 2011 offseason in Germany receiving experimental treatment for his arthritic knee. Given his salary, advancing age, health concerns and legendary competitive zeal, no NBA player had more reason to be desperate for an end to the lockout than Bryant. FOXSports.com

November 22, 2012 Updates

Do you think the James Harden trade could possibly affect KD's decision to resign in OKC when his contract is up? or is that too far down the road. Sorry to bring up the trade again. Darnell Mayberry: It's quite all right, Scott. I doubt the trade has any bearing on KD's feelings toward the franchise or the city. What I do question is how the agent, Rob Pelinka, might steer Durant. Many of Pelinka's clients have moved on to other markets. Eric Gordon, James Harden, O.J. Mayo. Andre Iguodala and Carlos Boozer among others. It seems his players have no loyalty to their original teams. But my question is is it the players or the agent? Oklahoman

November 2, 2012 Updates

For good reason, they hope the long term for Gordon in New Orleans extends beyond, say, Jan. 15, when Gordon becomes eligible to be traded under NBA rules. Which, come to think of it, brings us to the next in a long line of contradictions when it comes to Gordon's status and immediate future. What does it mean, exactly, that he hasn't requested a trade now, at a time when he and his agent, Rob Pelinka, know full well that he can't be traded? CBSSports.com

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If he is a restricted free agent, you could assume that Phoenix and other teams would offer Harden a maximum-level, four-year contract. The bigger question is whether Harden will be allowed to get to that point and whether signing Harden to an offer sheet would be as fruitless as it was for the Suns with Eric Gordon. Harden could accept slightly less than a maximum deal with his preference in Oklahoma City, whose small-market finances would like him to sacrifice money to lessen the more punitive new luxury tax’s impending burden. The Thunder’s maximum-level contracts for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and a four-year, $48million deal for Serge Ibaka make a Harden decision taxing. But with multiple teams sure to come with a maximum offer for Harden, it is hard to see him agreeing to less, especially after how his agent, Rob Pelinka, handled Gordon’s situation. Arizona Republic

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