Andy Miller Rumors
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.
Miller’s first big splash in the agent business also brought his first controversy. After swiping Garnett and other top clients in 1999 from his former employer, established NBA agent Eric Fleisher, Miller was forced to pay $4.6 million in compensatory legal damages in 2002. Since then, his career has been pockmarked by persistent disputes and disagreements. In more than 30 interviews with coaches, executives and three former Miller employees, a portrait of Miller emerged as a ruthless narcissist, his success driven by his obsession over his standing as a top-five agent. So locked in on closing the next deal and landing the next star, he left a trail of aggrieved parties and bitter rivals. He stood out as an extreme practitioner of shadowy tactics in a cutthroat industry. With his career potentially in peril having lost at least five clients in the past two months, the question lingers whether the NBA agent world’s ultimate survivor can find another way to survive. “It’s amazing that he’s lasted this long,” Fleisher said. “It really is. It’s the tip of the iceberg in terms of things going on.”
It’s unknown if Miller could face charges in the federal investigation, or the extent of his involvement, but legal experts believe he has emerged as a key figure. “In order to get a search warrant, the federal agents were able to convince a federal judge that Miller’s computer was connected to either a criminal act or had evidence on it of a criminal act,” said Stephen L. Hill, a former federal prosecutor now a partner at the Kansas City branch of the global law firm Dentons.
Agents sponsoring grassroots teams eventually became commonplace, but Miller was considered an innovator. After luring Garnett and landing Telfair in 2004 and Monta Ellis in 2005, other agents started pouring into the grassroots scene. “Everyone was looking for the next Kobe,” St. Joseph’s Coach Phil Martelli said of the agents. “And it polluted the game.” Throughout the 2000s, agent involvement in the grassroots scene morphed into a full-blown trend, as backroom deals led to college and agent recruiting pipelines and runners began ingratiating themselves with the families of prospects during their freshman and sophomore years of high school. “There is agent involvement even before we make the first recruiting call, in the spring of 10th grade,” said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. “They’re there. They’re involved. They’ve identified the top prospects before we have. I’ve had runners call or text me saying, ‘Have you seen this ninth grader in Chicago?’ ”