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The 6-foot-7 Green is due a raise after proving himself as a clutch playoff performer, versatile defender and improving jump shooter. “Maybe he’ll give me a discount?” Myers joked of his former boss Tellem. “Probably not, right?” Contra Costa Times

“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago's front office gave him there initially. Over time, it's become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this. I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven't lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.” RealGM

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There was an interesting twist with Cole in the offseason, when he signed on with agent Rich Paul, the same agent who handled LeBron James' July free-agency departure from the Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It was a decision me and my support system made," Cole said of that move to James' long-time associate. "It was a decision we made and that's as much as I want to say about it. I felt it was best for me." Cole, who played at Cleveland State, with Paul's agency based in Northeast Ohio, said the decision was not influenced by James. "No, I was familiar with him," he said of Paul. Cole, who is from Dayton, said it was not a means of testing whether he, too, could return to his Ohio roots. "I made the decision based on for me and what I need," he said, "not based off anybody else. I made a decision based on what I thought and what was best for me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

McLemore has made changes off the court, too, including leaving agent Rodney Blackstock. McLemore didn’t announce he’d signed with Blackstock until shortly before last year’s draft and the indecision over an agent might have hurt McLemore, once considered a top-three pick. “It was something that I had to figure out on my own, and I made the decision for myself,” McLemore said. “I just tried to get everybody’s opinion. At the end of the day, it was my decision. I’m just trying to move forward and focus on this upcoming season.” McLemore said he’s in no rush to hire a new agent; he’s under contract through the 2015-16 season. Sacramento Bee

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"I've had a lot of clients in the last five years, good players, who didn't want to play with Kobe," says an agent who has had numerous NBA stars. "They see that his teammates become the chronic public whipping boys. Anyone who could possibly challenge Kobe for the spotlight ends up becoming a pincushion for the media. Even Shaq." ESPN.com

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports is looking to hire veteran sports agents as well as buy their agencies, sources said. “We are actively interviewing agents,” Michael Yormark, Roc Nation president and chief of branding and strategy, confirmed. Sports Business Daily

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The sides went months without speaking. It got ugly. A Phoenix sports-talk-show host wrote an "open letter" to Bledsoe, calling Paul "a joke" and urging Bledsoe to fire him. The pressure was squarely on Paul to produce, given his "unreasonable" demands. That's not the way Paul saw it. "Pressure is a terminology that doesn't align with my life," Paul said. "Where I come from, the pressures are totally different. But I did think it was an important summer. I'd be lying if I said I didn't. It was important for me from a personal standpoint and a company standpoint." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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