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Prominent agent Bill Duffy has partnered with Crunch Fitness and Brain Bar in an effort to incorporate health and fitness into his clients' marketing opportunities and strategies for managing their post-playing careers. He struck up the relationship with Crunch via his friendship with Sacramento Kings co-owner Mark Mastrov, who sold 24-Hour Fitness for $1.6 billion in 2005 and started a new company that bought the Crunch franchise out of bankruptcy in 2009. With NBA players becoming more focused on health and nutrition, Duffy aligning clients with health-related brands could be a sign of things to come. The NBA star who drops his affiliations with brands like McDonald's and sugary drink manufacturers could find he has enormous opportunities to put his name and personal brand behind products that his fans should actually be consuming. CBSSports.com

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BDA Sports has signed Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark. BDA NBA player agent Kevin Bradbury will represent him. Clark was formerly represented by Relativity Sports. It is not clear why he switched agents, but BDA represents three of Clark’s teammates on the Lakers — guard Steve Nash, forward/center Jordan Hill and guard Chris Duhon. Sports Business Daily

April 15, 2013 Updates

Bill Duffy: “I am thrilled to welcome Joakim to the BDA Family. He is, without a doubt, the most complete center in the game today and off the court exemplifies the exact caliber of athlete and human being compatible with BDA’s ideals. Joakim’s commitment to philanthropic and humanitarian works is impressive and we look forward to working with him in his future endeavors.” BDA Sports

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Bucks guard Brandon Jennings recently switched agents, leaving Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management, as reported by Sports Business Daily. It is expected Jennings will join the clients of Jeff Schwartz and Excel Sports Management when the 15-day waiting period for signing with a new agent expires. It was a bit of a surprising move because Jennings has been represented by Duffy since 2009, when the Bucks guard was selected 10th overall in the NBA draft. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jennings called his agent switch "a family decision" and thanked Duffy for all he had done for him over the past four years. Jennings is extremely close to New York Knicks center Tyson Chander, who also is represented by Excel Sports Management. So are a number of other NBA stars, including Boston's Paul Pierce, Minnesota's Kevin Love, Brooklyn's Deron Williams and Milwaukee native Devin Harris, now with the Atlanta Hawks. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is dropping agent Bill Duffy, and two people familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com Monday that the soon-to-be restricted free agent will sign with New York-based Jeff Schwartz. Duffy confirmed that he and Jennings have parted ways in a statement to the Sports Business Journal. The two people with knowledge of Jennings' plans said the point guard will sign with Schwartz once the 10-day waiting period for switching agents has elapsed. CBSSports.com

Jennings will be one of the top restricted free agents on the market this summer, and his hiring of Schwartz could be ominous for the Bucks. After failing to receive a multi-year extension by the Oct. 31, 2012 deadline, the 2009 first-round pick said, "I'm doing my homework on big-market teams." CBSSports.com

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The Lakers remain in negotiations with Jordan Hill, who averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in seven regular-season games with L.A. after being acquired from the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline in March. Hill's agent, Bill Duffy, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday that there was still some distance between the two sides, but he planned to circle back with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak before Hill made his final decision. The Lakers hold partial Bird rights to Hill and can offer him a maximum of $3,632,450 per season for up to five years. ESPN.com

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