Agents Rumors

Brandon Bass open to Boston return

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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.”
“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.”
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.”
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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.”

David Lee on the move?

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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.
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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.”
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.
“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.”
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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: 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?’