Michael Scotto: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad has signed with agents Happy Walters and George Langberg of Catalyst Sports. Muhammad has a $1.8 player option for next season.
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Pacers rookie Edmond Sumner is now represented by Sean Kennedy of Excel Sports Management, Sumner told VigilantSports.com.
Liz Mullen: Kristaps Porzingis will be repped by his brothers after Andy Miller relinquished his NBPA certification. “Now that Andy does not have his license anymore, not much is changing,” Janis Porzingis told SBJ.
Changing agents is nothing new in the NBA, especially for Jordan, who had employed three different agencies to represent him in contract negotiations in his first seven seasons. When DeAndre Jordan fired Dan Fegan in 2015, whose cozy relationship with Mavs owner Mark Cuban cast a shadow over the initial decision to sign with Dallas, Jordan was required by players association rules to wait 15 days to hire a new one. “He was deciding between Jeff [Schwartz] and Rich Paul,” a person familiar with Jordan’s thinking told Bleacher Report. “I had heard back then that he was 100 percent signing with Jeff.”
Michael Scotto: Former Grizzlies guard Xavier Munford has signed with agents Happy Walters and George Langberg of Catalyst Sports. @xaviermunford is averaging 24.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game in the G-League. He’s shooting 54% from the field and 64% from 3PT range.
Liz Mullen: NBPA to NBA players on agent Andy Miller giving up certification: If you currently have a Standard Player Agent Contract (SPAC) with Mr. Miller as the sole Agent on your SPAC, that SPAC is no longer in effect & you are free to sign a new SPAC with any certified NBPA Agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBPA sent out a memo to players that ASM Sports president Andy Miller has “relinquished his NBPA agent certification.” He was representing Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Lowry, among dozens of others. He also represented Chauncey Billups and Kevin Garnett in past.
Miller is the president and founder of ASM Sports, and many of his former clients are expected to remain with other agents in the company, sources said. None of the company’s most prominent clients left in the wake of the FBI probe, which included the arrest of an ex-employee, Christian Dawkins, in September.
After two years without an agent, LA Clippers All-Star center DeAndre Jordan has hired new representation with trade discussions and free agency on his immediate horizon, league sources told ESPN. Jordan, 29, has signed with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, sources said, who will help navigate the processes expected to determine Jordan’s future with the Clippers.
The franchise’s devastating batch of injuries and an 8-14 start to the season has inspired rival teams to start reaching out to the Clippers front office on the availability of Jordan, league sources told ESPN. The hiring of an agent can be a facilitator for teams wondering whether Jordan would have interest in signing with them long term should they trade significant assets to the Clippers to acquire him.
Jeff Zillgitt: Knicks forward Michael Beasley has enlisted Jim Tanner and Derrick Powell of Tandem Sports and Entertainment to represent him.
CAA Sports has signed 76ers G JJ Redick and Rockets F Trevor Ariza, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents next summer, for representation. Redick and Ariza will be represented by a team of agents at CAA Sports, with Aaron Mintz and Steven Heumann leading the team. Redick was formerly represented by Wasserman, while Ariza was formerly with Landmark Sports Group (Liz Mullen, Staff Writer).
Jeff Green: It’s official ✍🏾💎 #RocFam
Brothers also signed Danuel House, a guard/forward, who plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League.
He was a guest on your podcast this summer. Are you going to be bringing back the podcast regularly this season. JJ Redick: I’m in a little bit of a transition right now. I switched agencies, so I’m trying to figure out what I can do with the podcast. Again, it goes back to essentialism and time. It’s something that I really enjoy doing and I want to do, but I’m just trying to figure it out.
Joe Vardon: Isaiah Thomas hired Aaron Goodwin as his new agent.
Richaun Holmes, the 76ers third-year center, was non-committal about whether he would continue to be represented by ASM, the agency associated in the federal bribery investigation concerning the NCAA. Former ASM employee Christian Dawkins was among 10 arrested on federal corruption charges.
“I would rather not say anything and I am trying to figure out what is going on,” Holmes said after Friday’s practice when asked if he would continue to be represented by ASM.
It is not yet known what some of Miller’s more high profile clients such as Kyle Lowly, Serge Ibaka and Kristaps Porzingis will do. However, Myles Turner appears to feel comfortable with Miller continuing to represent his interests. “I talk to [Miller] every day. Keeping me updated on everything. Telling me you’re going hear stuff. People are going to want me to go here. People are going to want me to jump ship, but Andy’s my guy, man. I’m not going nowhere,” said Turner.
In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA’s most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told ESPN. Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed filed the claim in part because of Christian Dawkins, one of the 10 people arrested on federal corruption charges on Tuesday. Dawkins was reportedly terminated by Miller and his company, ASM, in early May following a National Basketball Players Association probe into the unauthorized use of a player’s personal credit card.
Darren Heitner: Confirmed Jaron Blossomgame is no longer represented by Andy Miller
Jeff Goodman: T’Wolves rookie Justin Patton has parted ways with agent Andy Miller, source told ESPN. Miller and Christian Dawkins had recruited Patton.
Darren Heitner: Sources: Several players have already terminated basketball agent Andy Miller
Wiggins no longer has an agent, not after firing one of the league’s most respected ones, Bill Duffy, after he negotiated a five-year extension in which the Wolves gave Wiggins all they could by NBA rules. Wiggins said Friday he’s not certain if he will hire another agent again. Instead, he has a manager, a lawyer and the experience of his parents, both of whom were professional athletes. “It’s not as hard as you think,” Wiggins said. “Me and Bill, we were good. It was nothing against him at all. It was more about a business point of view from my end. I wish him all the best of luck, I wish his agency the best of luck because they did nothing but good on my side.”
The process has been muddled by Wiggins’ decision to part with agent Bill Duffy and BDA Sports in August. Players change agents all of the time, but the fact that this move came with a megadeal on the verge of agreement made it a little unique. The ensuing confusion pushed negotiations back and Duffy is taking steps to ensure he receives a commission on the deal, given his significant role in shaping it. “Me and Bill, we were good. Nothing against him at all,” Wiggins said. “It was more from a business point of view from my end. They did nothing but good by my side. I’ve got nothing but positive words for them. I’m just taking it day by day.”
Howard is considering suing some of his former associates, but he is not ready to divulge names or make public allegations. He is rehiring Aaron Goodwin, his original agent, because he appreciates Goodwin’s blunt honesty in addition to his deft marketing. Goodwin agreed to return after Deebo downsized his unwieldy circle. The revamped crew includes Justin Zormelo, skills coach to John Wall, and Ed Downs, personal trainer for Chris Bosh.
Howard is considering suing some of his former associates, but he is not ready to divulge names or make public allegations. He is rehiring Aaron Goodwin, his original agent, because he appreciates Goodwin’s blunt honesty in addition to his deft marketing. Goodwin agreed to return after Deebo downsized his unwieldy circle. The revamped crew includes Justin Zormelo, skills coach to John Wall, and Ed Downs, personal trainer for Chris Bosh. The first time Downs dug his hands into Howard’s hips, the 265 pounder nearly leaped off the massage table. “He was so tight,” Downs says, “so stiff.” Anyone who watched Howard over the past five years has seen what Downs felt. The prescription, instead of more 100-pound dumbbell presses, was band work and deep-tissue massage, with flexibility and balance training.
Haitian big man Skal Labissiere has decided to change representation. King big man has left ISE Basketball and is now represented by Wasserman, as the agency confirmed to Sportando. Labissiere’s new agents are Thad Foucher and Jason Ranne.
Darren Wolfson: Buzz on Wiggins splitting w/ Duffy: he’ll land w/ an agent from Canada who works for a big U.S. agency. Max deal shouldn’t change. #Twolves
After agent Bill Duffy negotiated a five-year, $148 million maximum contract extension for forward Andrew Wiggins with the Minnesota Timberwolves, it is unclear how quickly Wiggins will sign the deal after he filed papers to sever ties with his representation at BDA Sports.
Minnesota management sent Duffy and Wiggins a contract for a rookie extension deal, but Wiggins filed paperwork Tuesday with the National Basketball Players Association to terminate his relationship with the agency, Duffy told ESPN.
Duffy, the chairman of BDA Sports and one of the league’s most prominent player agents, told ESPN on Tuesday that he had recently been made aware of rival agencies and potential start-up enterprises who were recruiting Wiggins with inducements that included no commission fees on contracts.
Nerlens Noel has hired Rich Paul of Klutch Sports for his representation. Noel is in the middle of a drawn out restricted free agency with the Dallas Mavericks. Klutch Sports has worked with a number of clients on lengthy restricted free agency periods such as Eric Bledsoe and Tristan Thompson.
Mike Fisher: ALERT: Source: #Mavs Nerlens Noel is CONSIDERING agent change from Happy Walters. Dan Fegan NOT presently involved, contrary to rumors.
Darren Wolfson: Further Shabazz M. buzz: he’s looking to switch agents, so his FA plot thickens. Will have more on this week’s ‘Scoop’ podcast. #Twolves
Lawson, the No. 19 pick in the 2009 draft, played for the Sacramento Kings last year. Fox is talking to a number of teams, including teams in China, about a deal for him. Fox is also helping Lawson with a footwear company that he launched last year called SLKRS. “It’s a combination of slippers and sneakers,” Fox said. “He’s a very savvy entrepreneurial businessman.”
Liz Mullen: CAA Sports has signed Philadelphia 76ers F Robert Covington. Agents Leon Rose & Drew Morrison repping him. SBJ: bit.ly/2sWrLRf
George Hill, having just completed the final year of a five-year, $40 million deal that he originally signed with the Pacers in 2012, has changed agents prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Hill has hired Matthew Ward, Ward confirmed to VigilantSports.com. This isn’t a new relationship between the two; Ward has served as Hill’s financial advisor for nearly a decade.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After missing year, Mo Williams working toward NBA return, agent Raymond Brothers says. Also, Brothers now repping free agent Brandon Bass.
Jorge Sierra: Free agent guard Jason Terry is now represented by Ryan Davis of Runway Sports, we’re told.
Octagon also signed veteran forward/center Donatas Motiejunas, who played for the New Orleans Pelicans last season but will be a free agent this summer. Emens is representing Motiejunas, who was formerly represented by Wasserman.
Octagon has signed several prospects for the NBA draft, including Indiana forward OG Anunoby and Kentucky center Bam Adebayo, both projected to go in the first round.
Chris Haynes: Sources: Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, Denver Nuggets wing Will Barton switch agents to sign with Aaron Goodwin of @Aaron Goodwin.
Butler, without representation since last offseason, has signed with Bernie Lee. The Toronto-based agent has filed paperwork with the National Basketball Players Association to finalize the agreement and the Bulls were informed of the change during Butler’s exit meeting this week.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Octagon Sports has signed Pelicans free-agent Donatas Motiejunas, according to source.
Jorge Sierra: NBA veteran Tyler Hansbrough has a new agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston Celtics guard Gerald Green has signed with agent James Dunleavy of @ISEBasketball.
Dan Fegan has lost seven NBA player clients and is at risk of losing his entire business as a result of the legal action his former employer, Independent Sports & Entertainment, took against him, Fegan said in a court declaration.
Jorge Sierra: D-League assists leader Josh Magette has signed with Chris Patrick of Sports Law Group, HoopsHype has learned.
Shams Charania: Sources: Minnesota guard Shabazz Muhammad has hired agent Rich Paul. Muhammad will be a free agent in July.
Darren Wolfson: Buzz in NBA circles tonight that #Twolves guard Ricky Rubio is switching agents. Has been with Dan Fegan/Jarinn Akana for many years.
ASM SPORTS: We are happy to announce that @DwightHoward has joined the ASM Sports Family ! #TeamASM #BeGr8 #FamilyFirst
Jorge Sierra: Turkish center Omer Asik has signed with agent Jim Tanner. hoopshype.com/reps/jim-tanne…
Jorge Sierra: Pistons guard Darrun Hilliard has signed with agent Jim Tanner of Tandem.
Glushon Sports Management has signed free-agent NBA guard Greivis Vásquez and Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba. Jason Glushon is representing the players. Vásquez was formerly represented by Octagon, and Nwaba was previously without representation.
Per Liz Mullen, Glushon Sports Management has added two NBA players to its client roster – free-agent guard Greivis Vásquez and Los Angeles Lakers guard David Nwaba. Vásquez was previously represented by Octagon.
Agent Dan Fegan Expected To Introduce New Evidence In Legal Battle With ISE. Howard Weitzman, attorney for NBA agent Dan Fegan, in a statement to THE DAILY late Friday said he intends to present new evidence to a judge to lift a restraining order preventing Fegan from competing with his former employer , Independent Sports & Entertainment.
Darren Wolfson: Rubio’s main guy, Jarinn Akana, also left ISE, I’m told. Imagine Rubio sticks with his guys. #Twolves twitter.com/iseworldwide/s…
One of the sports industry’s most respected basketball agents has been fired for cause by his most recent employer and named as a defendant in a lawsuit seeking to enforce a non-compete agreement. Independent Sports & Entertainment (ISE) has filed suit against basketball agent Dan Fegan to prevent him from trying to poach ISE clients, agents and employees now that he is no longer with the company. The Complaint for Injunctive Relief paints a picture of extreme disloyal and unethical actions by Fegan, which ISE claims to have caused immense harm and damage to its operations.
It also alleges that Fegan devised a plot to make it possible for Fegan to take back the business he sold to ISE in 2013 when his employment agreement with ISE was set to expire. “As part of his plan, Fegan set the stage for a potential mass exodus from ISE Basketball: he manipulated the company’s employees and agents to give their personal loyalty to him and interfered with their ability to sign new long-term employment agreements with ISE Basketball so that he could deliver on the threat of a mass exodus,” per the Complaint. In July 2015, Fegan wrote an email to agents and employees of ISE Basketball notifying them that he would leave ISE when his employment term expired in December 2017.
Independent Sports & Entertainment has terminated agent Dan Fegan as President of Basketball. ISE CMO Chris Grancio will assume the role on an interim basis.
Sam Amick: Also part of the restructuring: agent Dan Fegan, per the release, has been terminated by ISE (Independent Sports & Entertainment).
Sam Amick: Very interesting agent news: ISE announces that Kevin Johnson – yes, former Sacto mayor Kevin Johnson – is now vice chairman of the agency
Excel Sports Management has signed Wizards G TREY BURKE for representation on and off the court. Excel agent MIKE GEORGE will represent Burke, who was the No. 9 overall pick in the ’13 NBA Draft. Burke had been represented by CAA Sports, but he left that agency last year.
Liz Mullen: Grizzlies C Marc Gasol, who signed with Octagon last year, has left that agency & is now without an agent.
He has worked out for months, mostly in Miami, with trainer Stan Remy, best known for his work with Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight. He has a new agent, Washington-based Joel Bell. He’d like to hook on with a team immediately and start to learn its terminologies and such, but understands that some may need convincing, or may want to wait until the summer.
As news broke that the Los Angeles Lakers had not only fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, but also lured power agent Rob Pelinka as his replacement, the ears of player representatives across the country perked up. Pelinka boasts an impressive list of clients—ranging from James Harden to Buddy Hield—and will have to divest his ownership stake in his agency, Landmark Sports, which has sparked a vast number of phone calls from rival agents. “It will be like the wild, wild west,” one rival agent told The Crossover. “It’s like a real life Jerry Maguire,” said another.
A league source also said Pelinka will still collect his allotted fees for the remainder of each player contract he has negotiated. For all player contracts above the minimum salary, agents who negotiate deals are due 4% of the player’s annual salary. For example, through James Harden’s $118 million extension with the Houston Rockets alone, Pelinka will earn $4.72 million through 2020, while also commanding an assured multi-million dollar annual salary from Los Angeles. DraftExpress lists the current and future known guaranteed salary for Pelinka’s primary clients at a staggering $363,740,424, equating to over $14.5 million for his services.
Waiters said that he’ll remain with Pelinka’s Landmark Sports Agency for the foreseeable future, and represented by agent Brandon Rosenthal. Pelinka was Kobe Bryant’s longtime agent, an obvious Lakers tie. Some of his other NBA clients include Chris Bosh, James Harden and Eric Gordon. Waiters said Pelinka going to the Lakers in such a capacity was “a dream come true.” “He took a big-time job that you really can’t turn down,” Waiters said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Interesting undercurrent of trade deadline: The agent frenzy to poach Rob Pelinka’s old clients. Every player has numerous new suitors.
WASSERMAN SIGNS KLAY THOMPSON: Wasserman is representing Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson both on and off the court. Greg Lawrence is Thompson’s lead agent at Wasserman. He was formerly represented by BDA Sports.
Warriors G Klay Thompson has left BDA Sports for on-the-court work and is currently without a playing contract agent. Thompson left BDA for marketing work last fall and signed with Wasserman for off-the-court work.
Liz Mullen: 76ers C Nerlens Noel signed with Catalyst Sports & Media. Agents Happy Walters & Steve McCaskill repping him. SBD: bit.ly/2i0Wo0Q
Mark J. Burns: Agent Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation recently left the agency, per sources. Looks like Kleiman is heading in-house to work with Kevin Durant. To clarify even further per sources … Durant is still with Roc Nation but Kleiman is now Durant’s manager/business partner.
Jake Fischer: Per multiple sources, Sixers center and impending free agent Nerlens Noel has left Andy Miller, ASM Sports. Expected to sign with Dan Fagen.
Liz Mullen: Sacramento Kings’ Rudy Gay, expected to be a top 2017 NBA free agent, has signed with Roc Nation Sports Roger Montgomery, source says.
Sam Amick: Two quick clarifications on the Klay Thompson front: he is signing with the Team Sports division at Wasserman, not Action Sports. And the aforementioned shoe deal renegotiation was never signed. Klay is still surveying the landscape on that front & Wasserman will handle
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Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers with the low-key shade at Chris Paul pregame: “I think there will be a lot of fans that look at Chris and say, ‘You left us.’ And they’ll be right. But, in my opinion, there should always be the fans that say, ‘Thank you for your years of service.’”
Jonathan Feigen: No restrictions on Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute in his return tonight, other than how he battles the rust after a month out.
Lonzo Ball’s swollen left knee kept him out of Monday’s game at Memphis and the Los Angeles Lakers rookie says he will not be able to test it until the swelling goes down. The point guard said he can’t run on his minor knee sprain but hopes to return soon.
Malone framed MLK Day more as a pressing, ongoing argument than a remembrance. “Especially in the current climate, it’s that much more important,” Malone said as the Nuggets wound down a shootaround at their Pepsi Center practice court. “When you have a president making some of the comments that he has made, it’s so important to remember and honor the legacy of Dr. King and what his message was. Simple, but powerful. Fight for equality, fight for the respect of everybody. White, black, male, female. Doesn’t matter.”
“In today’s day and age, with everything we’re going through in communities across the country, (King’s) message is probably more prevalent and profound today and just as strong as it was back in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was in its heyday,” Malone said.
“It’s not a tyrant running the NBA,” Malone said. “We respect our players, and we want them to have a voice. We want them to use their voice, hopefully, in a respectful manner. … Our commissioner (Adam Silver) wants the players, the coaches — everybody who works under the NBA umbrella — to feel together and unified and to embrace everything out there.”