Andy Miller Rumors

Agent Andy Miller will be hosting a pro-day camp next week in Vegas that figures to attract a ton of scouts. Among those working out will be Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner, likely lottery picks, along with Christian Wood, Chris McCullough, Rakeem Christmas, Jarell Martin and Michael Frazier, all potential first or early-second round picks.

Kristaps Porzingis entering the draft

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Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Andy Miller, told ESPN.com. Porzingis is averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and is shooting 33 percent from 3 in 21 minutes for his team Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. His numbers have been even better in Eurocup play, averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and shooting 46 percent from 3. Porzingis burst onto the NBA draft scene about this time last year when he declared for the 2014 NBA draft. As NBA teams scrambled to get to Spain to watch him play, they became enamored with his rare combination of size, athleticism, ability to protect the rim and shooting range.
Lue’s agent of record is longtime coaching agent Lonnie Cooper, but insiders in the coaching business believe it’s only a matter of time before he reunites with the agent who represented him as a player, Andy Miller. Incidentally, Miller is known in league circles to represent another Cavs assistant, former Bucks coach Larry Drew. (Player agents are not permitted under National Basketball Association by-laws to represent coaches or management, but that hasn’t stopped nearly all the top agencies from doing it in some form or another — while the union continues to turn a blind eye.)
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With news of Thomas firing his agent, Andy Miller, two weeks ago and with him becoming trade-eligible this week, the dot-connectors went to work after Thomas’ comment to cbssports.com last month that the Suns situation “was not what I expected.” Miller negotiated Thomas’ four-year, $27 million contract with Phoenix in July. “It’s unrelated to the Suns,” Thomas said of firing his agent. “I lost trust in the guy. That’s all it is. Professional reasons. Personal reasons as well. People, I’ve seen, say I want to be traded and things like that. Nah, that happened two weeks ago.”
The Lakers, for instance, showed initial interest in Lowry, but told him and his agent, Andy Miller, that they simply could not offer Lowry a contract until they heard a final answer from Anthony and James, Miller says. They contacted the agents for some of those other B-level players with similar tepid overtures, per several league sources. Stephenson told me the Lakers contacted him early in free agency but never followed up. Thomas says he badly wanted to be a Laker, but that the team showed no interest.
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The Lakers, for instance, showed initial interest in Lowry, but told him and his agent, Andy Miller, that they simply could not offer Lowry a contract until they heard a final answer from Anthony and James, Miller says. They contacted the agents for some of those other B-level players with similar tepid overtures, per several league sources. Stephenson told me the Lakers contacted him early in free agency but never followed up. Thomas says he badly wanted to be a Laker, but that the team showed no interest. Kupchak has a general stance against participating in restricted free agency, per sources across the league, since he does not want L.A.’s cap room tied up for three-plus days on an offer sheet another team can match. (Kupchak declined comment on this topic.)
On Nov. 4, ASM Sports and Miller filed a notice to appeal. But it is clear Fegan and Relativity Sports are pleased with the judge’s decision, which was rendered without the means for Miller and ASM Sports to amend the complaint. “We were able to show the judge through briefings and a hearing that they failed to state a claim,” Relativity Sports lawyer Heather Karatz said. “Even assuming these baseless allegations are true, there’s still no claim here. It became evident to the judge that this is the nature of the basketball player representation and business. Players change agents during their career when they want new representation. In Larry’s case, Larry and Happy had a history.”
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Not often does one player leaving one agency for another result in a lawsuit but that’s what happened after Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders left agent Andy Miller and ASM Sports for agent Dan Fegan and Relativity Sports in the summer of 2013 during the height of free agency. Last month, a New York judge dismissed that lawsuit, which accused Relativity of client stealing and sought financial compensation, and ruled the “Defendants’ motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s complaint is granted for failure to state a cause of action.” The ruling is vindication for Fegan, president of Relativity Sports’ basketball division, and Happy Walters, the CEO of Relativity Sports, who was also a defendant in the complaint filed nearly a year ago.
The Kings also are looking into expanded Wi-Fi offerings that aren’t even scheduled for limited release until 2016, according to Miller. The new arena is slated to open in October 2016. The new arena is slated to open in October 2016. Other new technology that is being reviewed relates to sound, seat comfort, fabrics, traffic, parking, loyalty and beacon technology. The Kings will be testing some new technology in limited pockets of Sleep Train Arena this season in order to “work out the kinks for the new arena.”
With the new Kings regime came a lot of ties to the Silicon Valley, which in turn, has created the potential for molding technology with sports in Sacramento. At the forefront of that push is co-owner Andy Miller, who is in charge of technology for the Kings. With the demolition of Downtown Plaza over a month-and-half in, the Kings continue to delve into ways to link the new arena with innovative technology. One thing Miller, the former vice president of mobile advertising with Apple, says the team is looking into is “smart” lighting. “Not just LED, but equipped with sensors to monitor traffic flow and environmental conditions, networked to provide data and control. It will give us a lot of data for easing congestion, safety and energy savings,” Miller said.
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As the Los Angeles Clippers propose guard Jamal Crawford in possible trade scenarios, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year has a message for the Clippers and potential future teams: Wherever Crawford’s playing, he wants a contract extension next summer. “Our intention is to get an extension with the Clippers or anywhere else that he may be traded based on the fact that he’s undervalued for the production he’s providing,” his agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday night.
It’s believed that the Rockets will now enlist the help of Asik’s new agent, Arn Tellem, to try to assemble a trade construction that works over the next few weeks, because it’s unlikely Asik is going to embrace the prospect of staying in Houston. Through previous agent Andy Miller, Asik began pushing to be dealt in July as soon as Howard arrived and has barely played since mid-November in the wake of his angry reaction to being dropped from the starting lineup, as well as thigh and knee issues that have been hampering Asik.
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Disgruntled Rockets center Omer Asik is changing agents, switching from Andy Miller to Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. Asik’s decision to change agents was first reported on Twitter by the Turkish basketball site Superbasket.org. He must submit paperwork to the National Basketball Players Association to formalize the change, and then Tellem must wait 10 days before commencing representation.
A sports agency is accusing Mariano Rivera’s agents of playing dirty pool to steal away one of its clients. Andy Miller and ASM Sports accuse Happy Walters and Relativity Sports of stealing Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Larry Sanders away from them with “flights on private planes, expensive dinners, invites to pre-ESPY awards parties, acting classes and trips to Disneyland for his family,” according to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.