Mark Bartelstein Rumors
Priority Sports & Entertainment has signed Washington Wizards guards Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple. Founder and CEO Mark Bartelstein will represent them. Temple was formerly represented by Performance Sports Management and Sessions by Allegiant Athletic Agency. “Ramon is doing well in Washington and I expect great things for him in the future,” his former agent, A3’s Jared Karnes, said in an email.
Teams will likely have to offer a max-level deal to have any chance of signing Beal away from the Wizards, but it’s expected that it won’t take as much on a shoe deal for a sneaker brand to pry him from Nike. From a market standpoint, Washington is considered strong, and most around the league are expecting him to remain with the Wizards. His current Nike deal is paying him around $250,000 a year, and early expectations are that he can demand a new deal of roughly three times that should he remain in Washington or a comparable market. If he looks to sign with another brand, Beal and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, are expected to receive offers of more than a million dollars a year from a U.S. brand in order to deter Nike from matching. It he remains healthy, Beal could end up being a long-term sneaker bargain.
In more immediate business, Ainge will be speaking with David Lee and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, to work on a buyout for the 32-year-old forward. The sides had said they would do so if Lee wasn’t traded — and his inclusion was only going to happen if his contract was needed to make a deal with a star work.
I had a message to call Mark Bartelstein. I first met Bartelstein in 1985. He was a young agent who was representing John “Hot Rod” Williams, drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams was falsely implicated in a point-shaving scandal at Tulane. “I have some bad news,” Bartelstein said Tuesday night. “Hot Rod,” I said. “Cancer,” said Bartelstein. “It’s bad. Real bad.” Williams is in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the Baton Rouge area. He grew up in nearby Sorrento, La. He always went home after the NBA season.
Bartelstein said they thought the health problems started for Williams about six months ago with prostate cancer. But then it spread and spread. He’s 53 and fighting for his life. “His family is with him,” said Bartelstein, his voice breaking. “It’s a very serious situation.”
I had a message to call Mark Bartelstein. I first met Bartelstein in 1985. He was a young agent who was representing John “Hot Rod” Williams, drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams was falsely implicated in a point-shaving scandal at Tulane. “I have some bad news,” Bartelstein said Tuesday night. “Hot Rod,” I said. “Cancer,” said Bartelstein. “It’s bad. Real bad.”
Contacted early Sunday, agent Mark Bartelstein said actual negotiations with Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld will go forward as early as this upcoming week. “We had to get past that first nine or 10 days of free agency. With that chaotic period over, Ernie and I will talk and see where we are,” Bartelstein told CSN.