Ron Klempner Rumors
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.
Ron Klempner, NBPA general counsel: Coming out of the 1995 [CBA negotiations], the owners clearly did not get what they wanted, and they were looking for the first available opportunity to be able to go back in and get it. Garnett’s contract provided them with all of the ammunition that they needed.
These developments have happened so quickly and quietly, however, that the National Basketball Players Association was not aware of these widespread biometric advances, and had not established a position on the issue, until ESPN The Magazine approached the union for comment in August. “If the league and teams want to discuss potentially invasive testing procedures that relate to performance, they’re free to start that dialogue and we’ll be glad to weigh the benefits against the risks,” longtime NBPA counsel Ron Klempner said. “Obviously, we’d have serious privacy and other fairness concerns on behalf of the players. We’ve barely left the starting line on these issues.”