Mark Bartelstein Rumors
Calderon’s agent Mark Bartelstein said he and his client feel “very appreciative of the Lakers doing this,” while also crediting Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Though Calderon averaged a career-low 3.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting in 12.2 minutes through 24 games and 11 starts, the Lakers valued Calderon for mentoring the team’s younger players.
Mark Bartelstein: “They liked having Jose around and thought he had a good influence in the locker room with the young guys. Magic wanted to keep him around for the season. Jose’s got a lot of basketball left in him and can play at a high level. But with the Lakers being in a rebuilding state, it didn’t make sense from a playing perspective.”
When it was announced that Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love would miss the All-Star Game because of an injury, Beal and others were considered for the open spot. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, stayed in contact with the league office and pushed for Beal. Even more so, Beal’s play as well as the 33-21 Wizards’ rise in the East standings seemed to make him a front runner to fill the position. However, late Wednesday night NBA Commissioner Adam Silver picked Anthony, replacing a front-court player with another forward.
“I don’t get it,” said Bartelstein, who represents numerous NBA players, including Beal. “The reality of it is, if the coaches took a vote today for the guy who should be in the All-Star Game, there’s no doubt in my mind it’ll be Brad. I just think it’s wrong. I certainly talked to the league office. We make a strong statement all the time of how winning is rewarded and I don’t understand. There’s no team winning at a higher level than the Wizards are right now. So Brad’s in the center of all that. Nobody can question he’s playing not just at an all-star level, but at an elite all-star level.”
Gibson admitted that task “is tough” because his everyday life can be littered with random people asking him questions he doesn’t have the answer to, he doesn’t feel the need to run and talk to the front office over every little rumor that he happens to hear about. “I leave that to my agent and the higher-ups. My agent, (Chicago-based) Mark Bartlestein, let him handle what he gotta handle. We have a good rapport,” Gibson said. “So whatever happens, happens.”
Joe Freeman: Mason Plumlee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said earlier today there was “no news at the moment” regarding extension with Blazers.
Former Kansas basketball forward Perry Ellis, who had successful sports hernia surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia, will attend preseason training camp of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and attempt to make the team as a free agent, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Star on Tuesday afternoon.