NBA Hall of Famer and New York Liberty general manager Isiah Thomas has been a close adviser and mentor to Brown, league sources said. NBPA attorney Ron Klempner is expected to work closely with Brown on his representation needs, sources said. There’s little, if any, room for negotiation in rookie contracts, and Brown wants to take time to learn the industry before eventually committing to an agent, sources said. The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has slotted salaries for first-round draft picks, although many agents don’t take commissions on those first deals for high-level players.
Brown had been aggressively pursued by all the major agencies, but recently told them that he would use the union, sources said. Near the end of his NBA career, Stephon Marbury utilized the NBPA do negotiate his contracts. Although rare, the union does offer the service to players, and the compensation for the work falls within the annual dues that every player pays.
In an email sent to Milwaukee players on Wednesday night, the franchise termed the issue as a “serious security incident” and took responsibility for an employee distributing 2015 IRS W-2 documents in an email scam in which team president Peter Feigin was impersonated, sources said. The W-2 information included names, addresses, Social Security numbers, compensation information and dates of birth. An unknown party requested the private documents on April 26, and the Bucks ultimately discovered on May 16 that the financial forms were sent to a spoof hacker, according to the email sent to players.