Agents Rumors

“Bryce was such an incredible person to represent as a client, and I just want to stress that everyone give the family courtesy during this time,” Dejean-Jones’ agent, Scott Nichols, told The Vertical. “Bryce was turning the corner in his life and in his career. He was an undrafted player, someone who had so much turmoil throughout his life. Now, he had a contract with the Pelicans and was rehabbing well with his broken wrist. He had come such a long way and we were all proud of him.”
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This summer represents a milestone moment for the young agency: NBA star Kevin Durant becomes a free agent July 1, the biggest chance yet for Roc Nation to show it’s more than flash and bravado. While basketball observers increasingly feel Durant might be sticking around Oklahoma City for at least the short term, the folks around Roc Nation are giving away few secrets about what kind of contract might be in store. “We know this is a big deal and a big moment in his career,” said Rich Kleiman, Durant’s agent with Roc Nation, who worked with hip-hop stars such as Wale in a past professional life. “We also have to be his guiding light in this. We can’t let the pressure of the situation be bigger than it is. Obviously, we understand all eyes are looking at him and looking at his decisions, and people want to see how we’re going to handle it, too.”
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His business portfolio includes jets, a music-streaming service, colognes and high-end liquors, but Jay Z’s athlete portfolio is just as intriguing: Dez Bryant, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Victor Cruz, Miguel Cotto, Geno Smith, Ndamukong Suh. “It’s a family. You gotta feel special when they’re asking you to join them,” said Willie Cauley-Stein, a Roc Nation client who just completed his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings. “It’s so exclusive.”