HoopsHype William Wesley rumors

January 26, 2011 Updates
January 14, 2011 Updates

Rose is ultimately indebted to Wesley as the recruiting muscle of his agency, but has a unique affinity and loyalty to Hamilton. Hamilton is one of his longest-standing clients, and Rose wants badly to pull Hamilton away from the rebuilding Pistons and partner him with Anthony and Chauncey Billups in New Jersey. Rose – not anyone else – constructed the idea to send Hamilton to the Nets. How this all benefits Anthony remains a mystery. Yahoo! Sports

Yes, it gets Anthony his $65 million now. It makes him the centerpiece of the 2012 move into Brooklyn and all. Yet, Anthony keeps hearing Ujiri and his agents tell him: The Knicks don’t have a deal for you. The Knicks aren’t trying that hard (which isn’t true). Anthony watched all his free-agent buddies get everything they wanted over the summer – LeBron and Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amar’e Stoudemire – and wonders: Why do I have to settle? Why do I have to become the bad guy this season? “There are so many different agendas at play in this deal,” one league official said. “But there’s no question: Leon and Wes want [the Nets] – even if it’s for different reasons.” Yahoo! Sports

January 10, 2011 Updates

The Nets need to get a commitment from Anthony that he'll sign the extension, and they received word Sunday (not the first time they've been told this) that Anthony was amenable to the deal. But did they hear that from Anthony himself? Or from his representatives, Leon Rose and William Wesley? Because at the end of the day, no matter how many people in Anthony's camp are telling him and/or pressuring him to sign off on the deal, it still comes down to whether Anthony himself says "Yes" or "No." ESPN.com

December 16, 2010 Updates

This is where it gets tricky. If all those services were provided because Frazier was a family friend, they would be legal. If they were made because Selby was a basketball star, then it’s an NCAA infraction. The NCAA deemed it was the latter. The NCAA, however, stopped short of saying that Selby could no longer have contact with Frazier. Despite the small trouble Selby had to go through because of his close relationship with Frazier, he’s a figure that isn’t going away soon. Said Witherspoon following the NCAA’s ruling: “Robert Frazier is not going anywhere. I’ve known him my entire life.” One thing’s for sure: All eyes are going to be on Frazier for the next couple years. Is he another William Wesley, someone that rides a prep phenom (in Wesley’s case, Dajuan Wagner) to become an NBA power broker that works behind the scenes on the most important transactions in basketball? Or is he only interested in remaining a mentor to Anthony and Selby who eventually be viewed as a surrogate father like the Tuohy family in the movie, “The Blind Side”? Lost Lettermen

October 19, 2010 Updates

What can you tell me about Worldwide Wes? David Falk: I’ve known him since 1986. I really like him. He’s a fun guy. He has great talent in brokering relationships. I think he’s probably better under the radar than in the radar. I think he knows that. I think the job he just took puts him more in the spotlight. SLAM

September 24, 2010 Updates

Will the W Downtown become a crash pad for visiting NBA stars? CAA's Leon Rose and William "World Wide Wes" Wesley -- the agents for LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul -- were huddled with Jacqueline Bayer of the Moinian Group at BLT Bar & Grill, spies tell The Post's Lois Weiss. The conversation was about a $20 million-plus deal for a dozen apartments on two high floors of the W New York Downtown Hotel & Residences. The floors have a mix of one- and two-bedroom units and views of the river and Ground Zero. New York Post

August 26, 2010 Updates

Denver was furnished with a short list of teams and told to get to work. Yes, this how William Wesley and Leon Rose of CAA work now, thick with threats and ultimatums and a swagger suggesting that the sport belongs to them. After Anthony told owner-in-waiting Josh Kroenke that he still wanted out of Denver during a Sunday meeting, the Nuggets appear done trying to sell their All-Star forward on a contract extension. Yahoo! Sports

August 2, 2010 Updates

That appears to have changed, as Wesley’s ties to Creative Artists Agency, which is making a push to get into college sports, have become more formal. And with that new role, the question about Wesley on the recruiting trail this summer has changed. Now that he has more formal ties to C.A.A. coaching clients like Kentucky’s John Calipari, Auburn’s Tony Barbee and Rutgers’s Mike Rice, many are wondering if Wesley’s ability to engage with top recruits will become more limited. During a summer when agent issues have provided the dominant story line in college football, Wesley’s new role has generated some buzz on the summer basketball circuit. “I really don’t know if there’s an issue yet,” Georgia Coach Mark Fox said of Wesley’s role with C.A.A. “But you can see the potential for one.” New York Times

Barbee and Rice, who are entering their first seasons with new programs, said Wesley was not their agent. But both said Wesley was affiliated with C.A.A.; Barbee said he was a “consultant,” and Rice said he was “connected with C.A.A.” The N.C.A.A. would not comment specifically on Wesley, but the enforcement director LuAnn Humphrey said that someone in a role like his would be limited. “N.C.A.A. rules specifically limit the people who are allowed to recruit on behalf of our institutions,” Humphrey said. “Therefore, the use of agents in the recruiting process would violate our rules.” New York Times

He said his agent with C.A.A. was Terry Prince, who worked on his Rutgers contract. At the same time, he acknowledged Wesley’s expertise as part of the C.A.A. package. “I BBM him every once in a while,” Rice said of communicating with Wesley via BlackBerry Messenger. “We talk and certainly have a relationship and a communication line of how things are going. Basically, that’s what we do.” He dismissed the notion that he went to C.A.A. because Wesley could jump-start his recruiting. “Again, I know he works and does things in some capacity for C.A.A.,” Rice said. “My assistant coaches and I are pretty much in charge of our recruiting.” New York Times

July 23, 2010 Updates

Wesley has been running around for months trying to orchestrate a trade for Paul, and the packages he proposes are beyond comical. He doesn’t even know half the names of players on the rosters. CAA should take a long look in the mirror, and ask itself what kind of outfit it’s turned into with Wes running basketball operations. Yahoo! Sports

Wes is a full-service middleman now: players, coaches and general managers. He has long orchestrated deals for players and coaches, but through CAA he’s also in the GM business now. Worldwide Wes was responsible for Oklahoma City Thunder executive Rich Cho getting hired as the Portland Trail Blazers’ GM. Now, Portland is one more franchise under the impression that Wes can broker a trade for Paul. Yahoo! Sports

James, his business manager Maverick Carter and powerbroker William Wesley have far too much influence over Paul’s career, and they’re running it right out of the sunshine and into darkness. They’re using Paul as a commodity to elevate their clout, to show how they can take a player with no contractual leverage and muscle him out of New Orleans. What they don’t care about – and maybe don’t understand – is that Paul built such a beautiful, unique relationship with the city of New Orleans. He’s been so truly invested there, a beacon and ambassador in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Yet, the James gang see these bonds as disposable and they’re convincing Paul of it, too. Yahoo! Sports

July 9, 2010 Updates

I got phone calls from Greenwich, Connecticut at the time of James' televised announcement on Thursday, from people saying Wesley was very much present and looking chummy with James. And then consider this video footage of LeBron James and friends arriving in Miami on a private jet late that night. Here's more similar footage. ESPN.com

The bald guy in the dark suit, white shirt and no tie ... that's Wesley. There he is walking across the tarmac next to James and Carter, laughing and smiling. There he is greeting Heat executives. It's not the best video. Somebody who was there assures me not only that this was Wesley, but that a still photographer took a picture of Wesley and Carter smiling together. I'd like to see that. ESPN.com

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