David Falk Rumors
Ken Berger: In addition to Blazers, the Lakers, Knicks and Bucks are in line to meet with Greg Monroe and agent David Falk today in D.C., per source.: 22 more rumors
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.”
The realistic high-end target is Greg Monroe of the Pistons, who waited out his qualifying offer to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but figures to attract ample attention and will be seeking a max deal. Monroe, too, might be out of the Celtics’ reach. (Another factor: Monroe is represented by David Falk, who also has Jared Sullinger. Think he wants to put them both on the same roster?)
Veteran agent David Falk has been a vocal proponent for the NBPA to enforce the rule as it stands. Falk said he would have liked to have represented some of his many former NBA player clients who went into management — including John Paxson, former vice president of the Chicago Bulls; Patrick Ewing, associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets; and Michael Jordan, owner of the Hornets — but hasn’t because of the rule. “If I had negotiated Patrick Ewing’s coaching contract with Michael Jordan, who am I working for?” Falk said. “They pass conflict-of-interest rules in business, because even if you can’t prove that the conflict is debilitating, the appearance of a conflict is an issue.”
When asked about Hibbert’s reaction to comments made by Bird and Vogel, Hibbert’s agent, David Falk, replied with an e-mail to The Indianapolis Star: “We will respond at the appropriate time.” Falk suggested his client would take his time to choose to opt-in for the final year of his contract. “We will decide that in late June,” Falk wrote in an e-mail. If Hibbert decides to stick with the Pacers, he will get paid more than $15 million for the 2015-16 season. That number provides plenty of reasons to weather any ignominy as a backup center. However, the Pacers have been turning away from Hibbert for a while now.
Jackson is also very familiar with Monroe’s agent, David Falk, who represented Michael Jordan during Jordan’s playing days under Jackson in Chicago. So when the season comes to a merciful end on Wednesday night, Knicks fans may be hoping to see a big game from Monroe to not only see what he can do on the Garden floor but also potentially hand the Knicks a loss to help increase their lottery odds.
It’s easy to connect the dots; Monroe’s agent, David Falk, is one of the few agents that Jackson has a relationship with going back more than 20 years when Falk was representing Michael Jordan. Falk is looking for a max contract for Monroe and the Knicks, coming off the worst season in franchise history, are happy to oblige.
Rumors had been swirling about Jordan ending his 17-month retirement since he had begun practicing with the Chicago Bulls earlier in the month. Now it was time to make it official. Falk wrote a couple versions of a news release and gave them to Jordan for his consideration. “He didn’t like the feel of them,” Falk said. “He said, ‘I’ll do it myself.'” So Jordan grabbed a piece of paper and wrote the two words that captured everything he wanted to say: “I’m back.”
Looking for the right fit will be more important than money, Falk said. “It’s a question of what the intangibles are. Where do you want to live? Who do you want to play with? Is there a coach you want to play for? Do you want to be a star of a rebuilding team, or do you want to be a complement player on a championship team? So it’s all intangible,” he said. “So when the season’s over, and he has time to unwind, we’ll sit down and discuss what his priorities are, and try to make a short list of teams.”
Monroe instead signed a $5.479 million qualifying offer, turning down four years at about $14 million from Detroit — “Most players would have taken the money,” Falk said — in exchange for the privilege of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. “Greg is one of the brightest clients I’ve ever represented,” Falk said. “He’s very mature, he’s very intelligent, he’s very thoughtful, he’s very analytical. I laid out all the options and he decided that he wanted to have options.”
Asked if he believes Pistons president of basketball operations and head coach Stan Van Gundy respects Monroe’s production, Falk replied, “I think Stan has said some very positive things about Greg publicly, I think Greg has said some very positive things about Stan publicly, and Stan’s a great coach.”
Against that backdrop, the Pistons will make another run at Monroe this year, and they have five years and more money than any other team can pay him to offer. If they choose to do so, they might be back in the Monroe business next year, Falk said. “Absolutely, absolutely,” Detroit is one of the teams Monroe would consider, Falk said.
“Greg is an intelligent man. I’ve represented him from day one. There are no other credible sources who would indicate if wants a trade,” Falk said. “He does not want a trade. He wants to honor his commitment to Stan and give it the year and evaluate everything at the end of the season.”
Two days after Greg Monroe said he wasn’t seeking a trade from the Detroit Pistons, his agent, David Falk, emphatically reiterated his client’s position. “He made a commitment to Stan (Van Gundy) when he took the qualifying offer that he would work as hard as he could and help the team as best that he could and he would keep his mind open and at the end of the season, he would evaluate all of his options,” Falk said. “That was his plan in July, and that’s his plan in December and that will probably be his plan in February and will be his plan when the season ends.” Their comments were in response to a Sporting News story that suggested Monroe wanted out of Detroit at any cost. Falk refuted that.
Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk are donating $3.3 million to Georgetown’s new athletics center. The school said Monday the amount of the gift reflects the uniform No. 33 that Ewing wore at Georgetown and in the NBA.
Among power rotation players, the Heat has shown interest in Emeka Okafor and has considered Ekpe Udoh. Preliminary inquiries were made on Andray Blatche and Jason Maxiell. Agent David Falk said he talked to the Heat about Elton Brand but that Brand is unlikely to end up here.
Turner is 6-foot-7 and a mix of shooting guard and small forward, while Green, two inches taller, is a small forward or stretch 4. But there is some overlap. And the presence of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk at power forward would seem to push Green toward the 3. “I’m not concerned,” said agent David Falk, who represents Green, Turner and Sullinger. “I don’t think Evan Turner coming in is going to supplant Jeff Green. But it’s impossible to figure out how Danny (Ainge) is going to solve the puzzle. That’s the challenge, and Danny’s a very intelligent man. I’m sure he will find a way to solve the puzzle.”
“We picked Boston as much for the historical culture and for Brad, as for anything else,” Turner’s agent David Falk told CSNNE.com on Tuesday. Falk, who also represents Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, discussed how Boston’s use of versatile players in the past influenced his client’s decision to sign with the Celtics. There were two teams that Turner was seriously considering. Falk declined to reveal the other team, but a league source indicated that it was the Minnesota Timberwolves. “If you look back into the 1980s when you had Danny (Ainge) and (Dennis Johnson) in the backcourt, (Kevin) McHale and Larry upfront … there was a lot of diversity in the way the players were used,” Falk said. “Evan’s a multi-dimensional player.”
And Van Gundy said that contract talks with Monroe were ongoing with the ownership group before he came aboard, and that his part in it started Thursday, with a “lengthy” call to Monroe’s agent, David Falk. […] Van Gundy said he talked with Falk about starting the process with Monroe by sitting down face-to-face and “talking about how he sees himself, how he sees our organization, and giving me a chance to talk to him about my vision for what goes on and how I think we can create a system that will fully maximize his abilities, and then we will go from there.”
Van Gundy’s priority will be to work with Monroe and Falk to find a sign-and-trade deal, allowing Van Gundy to address the big weakness on his team—perimeter shooting, a vital aspect of Van Gundy’s offensive approach. The Pistons shot 32.1 percent from the 3-point line, which was 29th in the league last season.
Monroe’s agent, David Falk, will hit the market seeking a max deal for Monroe, and he could well get it—Monroe is a skilled 25-year-old big man who has averaged 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, and those are not easy to find. A good example is Monroe’s fellow Georgetown Hoya Roy Hibbert. In 2012, Hibbert was a restricted free agent coming off a year in which he averaged a pretty mundane 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. Yet he was offered a four-year max deal worth $58 million by Portland, and the Pacers were forced to match it. Hibbert’s agent is Falk, too. He is supposed to be retired, but Falk is still a strong influence around the league. “If anyone is going to find a max deal for Monroe, it is David,” the GM said. “They will be aggressive and try to find something in the early stage of free agency. Remember, he was the agent for a guy who is now a team owner. It’s just a matter of whether the Pistons can get something back.”
THE AGENT TO both Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan isn’t saying he believes it. David Falk isn’t telling me that on the day of the first-ever NBA draft lottery, in 1985, then-commissioner David Stern really froze the No. 1 envelope — rigging the drawing to deliver Ewing to a sputtering league’s biggest market. “I don’t adhere to it,” Falk tells me. “I’m not saying it happened.” Then comes a pause that seems to drag on forever. “But,” he offers, “that theory is plausible.” For 92 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, I’ve listened to the formerly most powerful representative in the game explain the difference between truth and plausibility, between reality and perception. And like many around the league, it turns out, Falk does not think every alleged conspiracy is created equal. He laughs off the notion that Stern strong-armed Jordan into a gambling-addiction-induced retirement in ’93. “That’s a silly one,” Falk says. “Michael called me at home, on a Saturday, and said, ‘I’m going to retire.’ Did Michael’s leaving help the NBA? No!”