Then, there was the friendship, influence and history of doing basketball business — lots of basketball business — that Fegan has with Mavs owner Mark Cuban. The Mavs landed another Fegan client, Chandler Parsons, to a three-year, $46 million deal just last summer. Apparently, Parsons is paid mostly as a free-agent recruiter, because he made more of an impact dining with Jordan this week than he did on the floor all season.
Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with the Lakers on Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The discussion will center on basketball, a league source said. Wasserman Media Group had dismissed various reports that said Aldridge had ruled the Lakers out, tweeting out on Wednesday that Aldridge “has not made any decisions yet. All reports to the contrary are false & he looks forward to sharing his plans soon.” But those outlets outlined in detail that Aldridge apparently was not impressed with the Lakers’ basketball presentation.: 94 more rumors
Ramona Shelburne: Monroe’s agent David Falk tells @Chris Broussard “All four teams we met with offered the max for 1, 2, 3 or 4 years – whatever we wanted.”: 22 more rumors
Jake Fischer: With DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes, a league source pointed out Chandler Parsons’ Dan Fegan connection is playing a big role for the Mavericks.
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.: 9 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.”: 10 more rumors