Ken Berger: Free-agent matchmaking to keep an eye on, sources say: Tyson Chandler and the Bucks. Agent Jeff Schwartz also reps coach Jason Kidd. Kidd and Chandler also were teammates in Dallas and New York.: 4 more rumors
Celtics forward Brandon Bass’s agent, Tony Dutt, said there have been indications that numerous teams will have interest in the 10-year veteran when free agency begins after midnight Wednesday. Dutt added that Bass would be open to a return to the Celtics. “I think Brad [Stevens] and Danny [Ainge] understand the value of what Brandon brings,” Dutt told the Globe on Tuesday afternoon. “He loves Boston, and if it works out for him to stay there, we’d be more than happy.”
Matthew R Tynan: My guess: It’s Splitter and CoJo. Rich Paul (CoJo’s agent) can get a deal done with the Spurs, then they’ll work out a sign-and-trade. Jeff McDonald: We’re told Cleveland is shopping for a scoring point guard, which Cory is not. LBJ/agent angle an interesting one.
Basketball Insiders has learned that unrestricted free agent shooting guard John Jenkins is no longer a client of BDA Sports Management. Jenkins, a 2012 first round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks, appeared in just 37 games the past two seasons after playing in 61 contests as a rookie.
“We have every reason to believe in management and Joe (Lacob) and his leadership and Bob Myers and all the people there that things will get worked out,” agent B.J. Armstrong said Monday. “And we will continue to go through the process. This is an incredible opportunity for everyone because this is a young team. They have a great nucleus, a great coaching staff. This is an enormous opportunity for everyone involved, OK? Draymond is so thankful to be part of the Warriors organization. We understand that. He understands that. The Warriors organization understands that. Let’s focus on the ‘we’ of the situation. They have a great team, and sometimes in life things come together.”
Candace Buckner: Reached out to Roy Hibbert’s agent David Falk in light of David West’s decision not to exercise option. Falk responded w/ consistent msg… No update on Roy Hibbert. His agent David Falk to The Star: “We will not make any public announcements.”
Madison Square Garden has hired Hollywood agent David “Doc” O’Connor — a partner with CAA — as its CEO, The Post has learned. A former film agent, O’Connor was instrumental in launching CAA Sports — a major growth vehicle for the talent agency since its formation in 2006. In a matter of months, USA Today reported in 2007, CAA took the sports division “from concept to colossus.” CAA Sports has been so successful at representing players on the MSG-owned New York Knicks that the NBA team has at times been dubbed “the New York Knicks Brought to You by CAA.”
Pacers point guard Donald Sloan has spent the offseason in his hometown Dallas, reshaping his career in more ways than one. As Sloan prepares for his summer of free agency – grinding through two-a-day workouts and day long pick-up games – he has switched representation. Sloan, who approaches his fifth NBA season, will now be represented by sports agents Byron Irvin and Dan Fegan of Relativity Sports. The deal was finalized on Friday night. “Some things weren’t happening the way they should have with who I was represented by the last few years,” Sloan told The Star, “so I just figured now’s a good time as any to make the switch.”
It’s a tactic that has long gone unchallenged, but sources say that agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini of Klutch Sports — sensing a climate change given the obvious willingness and assertiveness of new union head Michele Roberts to speak up for her constituency since taking over in July 2014 — urged the NBPA to challenge the way teams have historically dropped loud hints about their matching plans in an attempt to chill the market for restricted free agents.
According to the email sent by NBPA Deputy General Counsel Ramya Ravindran, the Board of Player Representatives discussed and preliminarily approved raising agent dues beginning with the upcoming NBA season. The expected increase in agent dues would be as follows: Agents with 0-9 players: $5,000 Agents with 10-19 players: $10,000 Agents with 20 or more players: $15,000
On June 10, basketball agents were advised that there is a movement to drastically increase the annual fees for representing NBA players. Certified agents currently pay $1,500 per year to remain in good standing with the union.
Sources said the Warriors have privately acknowledged to Lee and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, that it would be unfair to the former All-Star to ask him to continue to serve in a limited role next season after Lee accepted his diminished minutes without complaint all season. Although discussions on this topic were essentially tabled by both sides until after the playoffs, sources said Wednesday that the Warriors and Bartelstein have resolved to work together to “come up with a good solution” to find a new home for Lee this offseason.: 4 more rumors
Myers anticipates no problems as a result of powerhouse agent Arn Tellem this month leaving the Wasserman Media Group that represents Green to become a high-ranking executive with the Detroit Pistons. Myers worked for WMG before coming to the Warriors four years ago. “No, B.J. Armstrong is going to be the point guy. We have a great rapport — I used to work with him,” Myers said. “So I don’t envision any issues there.”
Brad Turner: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford has hired Wasserman Media Group to represent him, sources. Crawford had been with Andy Miller.
Seven years after leaving the agent business, Jason Levien, now owner and managing partner of D.C. United, has hired a young agent to help him negotiate deals involving the MLS team. Sam Porter, formerly an NBA agent and director of basketball at Exclusive Sports Group, has taken the newly created position of director of business and legal affairs. He will report to Tom Hunt, D.C. United chief operating officer.
Jerry Zgoda: Minnesota connection: Former Wolf Pooh Richardson is part of Rival Sports Group that is repping lotto pick Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay, btw, is confirmed for June 19 arrival, June 20 workout for Wolves at their new Mayo Clinic Square facility
“A player has few opportunities to hit the free-agent market and get a contract to take care of his family,” said Mark Bartelstein, Carroll’s agent. “However, there are a lot of elements to consider other than pure economics. The Hawks have been sensational with DeMarre’s development in so many ways. They deserve a lot of credit. At the same time, DeMarre’s work ethic and his relentless pursuit of greatness is why he continues to get better every single year, and I know it will just continue. We will weigh everything in making a great decision for DeMarre.”: 9 more rumors
Tellem will not be directly involved with the Pistons’ basketball side — coach Stan Van Gundy will still have final say over personnel. He will be one of three people who report directly to Gores, along with Van Gundy and CEO Dennis Mannion. And his duties will run the gamut from looking at improvements to the Palace, to improving the team’s footprint in Detroit, to potentially working on the creation of a regional sports network. In switching careers, Tellem is leaving his position at Wasserman Media Group, where he headed the agency’s basketball division, and was considered the most powerful agent in basketball. He represented 42 NBA players — almost 10 percent of all the players in the league, who made more than $324 million this season in salary — and 12 All-Stars.
Nobody, however, will replace Tellem, per se. “I don’t know that you can fill his shoes,” Myers said. “I know Casey’s a great leader and they’ve got a great company over there. I don’t know exactly what their strategy is, but I’m sure they’ll be fine. He’s unique, so I don’t know anybody who replaces him in that capacity, but they’ve got a good infrastructure and they’ll figure it out. They were fine without me.”
Arn Tellem: While pondering the question “If not now, when?” I realized that now was the time to pass the baton to the next generation of agents. I know that our clients will continue to be well served at WMG. To ensure a seamless transition, I intend to stay at Wasserman for the next two months.
Arn Tellem: When owner Tom Gores offered me the job, I was at first stunned, and then flattered. Part of me thought, I can’t possibly accept. I’m responsible for helping to guide the careers of scores of pro baseball and basketball players. But I grew pensive when I remembered something a friend once told me: That making a difference in a community gives you a deeper sense of purpose. Tom was offering me a chance to join him in making a difference in Detroit and its surrounding neighborhoods. I thought, ‘I’m 61. If not now, when?’
Arn Tellem: Ten years ago Steve Jobs gave a commencement address in which he advised young graduates to continually ask themselves: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Whenever the answer is “no” for too many days in a row, he counseled them to summon the courage to follow their hearts and intuition. Those thoughts have stuck with me ever since. This week, after 34 years as a player agent, I tendered my resignation to the Wasserman Management Group in Los Angeles and accepted an offer to, later this summer, become vice chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Detroit Pistons. This decision to change careers has been the most difficult of my professional life.
For the time being, all of Upshaw’s individual workouts with teams have been postponed, and his individual training has been put on pause. Further blood testing has been requested by NBA doctors to determine the full extent of his medical condition, but Upshaw’s agent, Bill Duffy, doesn’t sound all that concerned. “Robert and his family have been fully aware of his medical history,” Duffy said in a statement. “Twice previously this was addressed by highly respected University cardiologists and Robert was subsequently cleared for all basketball activities.”
Alex Raskin: Bojan Bogdanovic will still be repped by @alexraskovic, who I am not related to in any way. #Nets
According to Free Press’ sources, Tellem will be one of the Pistons’ representatives to the NBA’s board of governors, along with Platinum Equity partners Robert Wentworth and Phil Norment.
“The decision to change careers was in one sense a difficult one, because I am leaving a terrific job with great clients and an outstanding leader in Casey Wasserman, who I believe runs the finest sports marketing and talent company in the business,” Tellem said. “But in another sense it was an easy decision, because I am joining another great organization with an outstanding leader in Tom Gores, who is committed to ensuring Palace Sports & Entertainment is a championship organization both on the court and in the community.”
Tellem, 61, will report directly to PS&E and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and will be expected to spearhead Palace business strategies as the ownership group enters its fifth year. “Arn is one of the most accomplished and respected sports executives in the world,” Gores said. “He has great passion, integrity and honesty, and he shares my belief that sports can be a catalyst for change in the community. He is an outstanding addition to our leadership team who will help us make a real difference in Detroit.”
Tellem’s business savvy and stature within the NBA community is expected to be immensely impactful to the Pistons. Tellem’s deal with Gores could include an ownership stake, sources said.
Wasserman Media Group’s Arn Tellem, one of the most powerful and prominent player agents in the history of the NBA, is finalizing an agreement to become vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Meanwhile, Henry Thomas continues to talk to the Heat about Wade’s contract. Wade prefers to opt out a contract that would pay him $16.1 million next season and instead sign a new three-year deal, preferably with the Heat. The Heat prefers he opt into the contract. Wade must inform the Heat of his opt-out decision by June 29. So the Heat can keep working to try to convince Wade to opt in, but his preference to opt out has been pretty strong to this point.
Sam Amick: Warriors get good news, as Klay Thompson’s agent, Bill Duffy, tells @USATODAYsports the guard cleared tests & did not have concussion. From what I’m told, Klay Thompson’s injury is being deemed a contusion. More to come at @USATODAYsports shortly.
Is Wade angry with the Heat’s offer? “I am going to continue to have conversations with the Heat and try to make this work,” Wade’s agent, Henry Thomas, responded.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad has signed with agent Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports, Muhammad tells Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto guard Lou Wiliams, NBA’s 6th Man of Year, has joined w/ agent Wallace Prather, Prather tells Y!Williams is unrestricted free agent.
Eric Pincus: I would say representatives from most if not all 30 teams were present for BDA Sports Day – identified some earlier in my timeline
Jerry Zgoda: Flip’s in Cleveland for dad’s funeral Fri, but Wolves have reps at pro day for Bill Duffy clients in Santa Barbara. Okafor scratched, though
Eric Pincus: Also here at BDA Sports Day – Ryan West, Pat Riley, Bernie Bickerstaff – in general, Lakers have large contingent present
Eric Pincus: Mitch Kupchak is here at BDA Sports Day at UCSB. Jim Buss also here – Btw I’m told Jahlil Okafor is here but won’t work out
Eric Pincus: BDA Sports Day lineup: Jahlil Okafor (not expected to work out), Harrison twins, Frank Kaminsky, Kelly Oubre, Stanley Johnson, and more.
Knicks GM Steve Mills already spoke with the 6-foot-5 Mudiay at the lottery, his agent told SNY.tv. “I just know they had a chance to sit and talk, shake hands and exchange pleasantries,” Dwon Clifton said of the brief Mills-Mudiay meeting. Clifton added that he expects Mudiay to go in the 2-4 range.
As reported by Jonathan Givony, the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) has signed three of the top-prospects in the next draft. Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Devin Booker will be all represented by the agency. Towns and Booker will be represented by Leon Rose, while D’Angelo Russell will be represented by Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz.
The Cavaliers coaches, front office and players love Tristan Thompson because he’s one of those guys who’s energetic, hustles, rebounds, plays defense and doesn’t need plays called for him. Those guys are valuable. How valuable? Thompson turned down an extension just before this season began. Don’t forget, Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, is also LeBron James’ agent, and if James wants Thompson on the team, the Cavs will cough up the necessary dollars.
Brian Bass: RBA announces signing of @NBA Draft Prospect Jarekious Bradley (6’5 220 SG Southeast Missouri State) 16.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Key: HoopsHype projected lottery picks in bold.
When talking about the pre-draft process, Towns stated that he was taking his time with the important decisions, one of which is finding an agent to represent him. “You only get one chance at that [picking an agent],” he said. “You’ve got to make sure you get it right. I’m taking my time with that process. The NBA Draft process, that’s one of the biggest things is all the things that come other than on the basketball court. You’ve got to take your time with these decisions. Make sure you make it right. You don’t want to be making multiple decisions quickly and then regret it.”
The realistic high-end target is Greg Monroe of the Pistons, who waited out his qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but figures to attract ample attention and will be seeking a max deal. Monroe, too, might be out of the Celtics’ reach. (Another factor: Monroe is represented by David Falk, who also has Jared Sullinger. Think he wants to put them both on the same roster?)
Deandre Jordan makes sense here on a lot of levels. He’s a younger, more explosive version of Chandler who should continue to smooth the edges of his defense. Jordan’s agent, Dan Fegan, is close with Mark Cuban. And Jordan is exactly the sort of player who might gamble on a short-term deal to reenter free agency again when the cap leaps. He’ll only turn 27 this summer, he never gets hurt, and he’s already banked more than $40 million from the Clippers. Changing teams on a short-term deal would still cost him some money, but if he times things right, he could reduce the shortfall to the point that it wouldn’t hurt — especially given the tax advantages Texas has over California. It gets trickier for any player who changes teams via a one-year deal, since they forfeit their own Bird rights — limiting the raises their incumbent team could offer. Signing a two- or three-year deal makes it easier.
Milwaukee should enter the summer with about $15 million in cap room, though Khris Middleton could start the three-day clock ticking on that room by signing an offer sheet with another team after the stroke of midnight on July 1. Middleton uses the same agency that represents Jason Kidd, and it’s possible he might hang out in free agency so the Bucks can strike.
Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management has signed University of Kansas Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre averaged 9.25 points and 4.97 rebounds during this past season with the Jayhawks. Oubre earned Big 12 All-Rookie Team & All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
Zach Links: Have you gotten an indication of where you might go in the draft? Richaun Holmes: I’m not sure. I talk to my agent, Keith Kreiter, a lot and he tells me I’m a mid-second round guy right now with a chance to get to the first round, so I’m working hard to improve my stock every day.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: UNC forward J.P. Tokoto signed with agent Steve McCaskill of Relativity Sports. Tokoto, a junior, has entered the NBA Draft.
Michael Scotto: Former St. John’s shooting guard D’Angelo Harrison has signed with agent Bernie Lee. Harrison averaged 17.5 points & 5.5 rebounds per game.
Consensus first-team All-American and ACC Player of the Year center Jahlil Okafor will sign with power agent Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management a source tells Sports Agent Blog’s Darren Heitner. Jahlil Okafor is a 6’11” center who spent his freshman season playing for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University, winning the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
Behind the duo of Porzingis and Hezonja, Aleksander Vezenkov is the only other European player who seems to have real hopes to be selected in the first round of the upcoming draft. However, the 19 years old player is expected to withdraw his name and stay in Europe. At this point Vezenkov is not officially represented by any agent, as he left Nick Lotsos and despite talks with Arn Tellem, there’s no deal with his company, the Wasserman Media Group. His father Sasho Vezenkov, who is also the sports director of the Bulgarian club Lukoil, is acting as his representative.
Jorge Sierra: Florida forward Chris Walker has signed with agent Travis King of Relativity Sports, we’re told.
Former LSU power forward Jordan Mickey has signed with agents Matt Babcock and Adie von Gontard of the APAA Sports Group, Givony reports (Twitter link). Mickey, who entered the draft this year after his sophomore season, is the 49th-best prospect overall as Givony ranks them and No. 50 in Chad Ford’s ESPN.com listings.